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Signs You Have a TMJ Issue


Posted on 10/25/2019 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Signs You Have a TMJ IssueThe temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. There is one on each side of the head. When they are working properly, you can move the jaw easily. When they don't work properly, there are many signs of the problem. The problem is referred to as TMJ disorder. There are ways to limit the effect this has on you, but the first thing you have to do is recognize the problem. There are signs to watch for.

TMJ Starts with Pain

The most obvious sign of any problem in your body is pain. That is no different when it comes to TMJ disorders. The problem with pain and TMJ is that is different for different people. Some people experience intense pain that rarely goes away. Others only feel minor pain every now and then. The amount of pain depends on the habits of the individual and the seriousness of their TMJ disorder.

The pain can come from chewing or talking or from any type of movement of the jaw. You may feel pain in the jaw or around the ear or in other areas in close proximity to the jaw. Because the pain often comes and goes, many will ignore it or use over the counter medications to help them manage the pain instead of doing something to help the cause of the pain.

Other Signs
Pain in the jaw is common with TMJ, but you may also experience other types of pain. Many that suffer from TMJ also deal with migraines and headaches. In addition to pain, symptoms of TMJ disorders include swelling, ringing in the ears, difficulty opening and closing of the mouth, and difficulty taking or chewing. In some cases, people will actually experience a locking of the jaw due to the TMJ disorder.

There are ways to manage TMJ disorder and even to solve the problem, but it begins with recognizing that there is a problem. That is why learning the signs is so important.

Schedule an appointment today to make sure that you never have to deal with TMJ disorders or anything else.


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