TMJ disorder can cause popping and clicking in your jaw, pain and tenderness at the site, and a headache that can spread both up to your ears and down to your shoulder. While TMJ disorder can arise from several different triggers, we here at El Paso Modern Dentistry can help you get lasting relief from your TMJ pain.
TMJ disorder can be somewhat of a mystery to the person who suffers from it. While the exact cause of this problem is not very well known, we strongly suspect that stress is a major contributing factor to it. Other risk factors for TMJ dysfunction include gum chewing, grinding or clenching your teeth, and certain types of arthritis. An injury to the jaw can also lead to TMJ dysfunction, and genetics can also be to blame for the pain associated with this disorder.
The common signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder include a popping or clicking when you open and close your mouth, tenderness and discomfort in your jaw, and difficulty eating. You may also experience aching in the jaw, and some people who have TMJ disorder have their jaw lock on them, making it difficult to open or close your mouth. In some cases, TMJ dysfunction may not be painful, but it is still important to not ignore it, as it can worsen over time if it remains untreated.
If you suspect that you have problems with your TMJ, we can examine the area for you to determine if you have it or not. During your appointment, we will perform both a visual and a physical assessment of your jaw. We will look for any signs of swelling on either jaw. We will also lightly press against your jaw to determine if you have any pain. We will also listen to you open and close your mouth to listen for any of the pops and clicks associated with TMJ disorder.
To learn more about TMJ dysfunction, or to set up an appointment with us here at El Paso Modern Dentistry, please give us a call today at (915) 213-0055!