Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. The TMJ is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull and allows you to move your jaw up and down, side to side, and forward and backward. When this joint is not functioning correctly, it can cause pain, discomfort, and other symptoms that can impact your daily life. It is vital to know the signs of TMJ disorders and know the best treatment options available to provide relief.
1. Jaw Pain
One of the most common symptoms of TMJ disorders is jaw pain. This pain can be felt in the joint itself or the surrounding tissues, such as the muscles of the face, neck, and shoulders. The pain may be dull or sharp and can be aggravated by chewing, talking, or yawning.
Headaches are another common symptom of TMJ disorders. These headaches are often described as tension headaches and are caused by muscle tension in the face, neck, and shoulders. The pain can be felt on one or both sides of the head and can be severe.
3. Clicking or Popping Sounds
If you hear clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth, it may be a sign of a TMJ disorder. These sounds are caused by the joint’s movement out of its proper position and can be accompanied by pain or discomfort.
4. Difficulty Chewing
TMJ disorders can make it difficult to chew or eat certain foods. You may experience pain or discomfort when chewing, or your jaw may feel locked or stuck in position.
5. Ear Pain
TMJ disorders can cause ear pain, which is often mistaken for an ear infection. The pain may be felt in one or both ears and can be accompanied by a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear.
6. Facial Swelling
In some cases, TMJ disorders can cause facial swelling. This swelling is usually mild and may be accompanied by pain or tenderness in the affected area.
7. Neck Pain
TMJ disorders can also cause neck pain. This pain may be felt in the muscles of the neck and shoulders and can be aggravated by certain movements, such as turning your head or tilting it to one side.
Finding Relief from TMJ Disorders
Unfortunately, many traditional TMJ treatments are ineffective and do not provide relief or the needed changes to the jaw joint position. Bob Perkins, DDS at Southern California TMJ and Sleep Center, offers innovative TMJ treatments that can relieve symptoms and improve overall health and even aesthetics. If you have signs of a TMJ disorder, contact our office in Malibu, Studio City or San Diego, CA, to schedule a TMJ disorder exam and consultation with Dr. Bob Perkins. Call today to book your appointment and begin your journey to better health.
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