What Are The Symptoms of TMJ Disorders?
TMJ disorders present several symptoms which cause different levels of pain. The disorder can happen due to various causes and can be treated using different procedures. The symptoms can include recurring pain in the jaw area and limited jaw movement.
Far greater education about TMJ problems and their impact on those affected by them is needed in schools. Because TMJ problems are poorly understood and trivialized by some, it isn’t uncommon for children to be ridiculed or bullied when experiencing such issues at school. This further adds to the pain and stigma associated with TMJ problems.
I have an earache, can it be a sign of TMJ?
Earache and perceived hearing loss are symptoms frequently reported by patients with TMJ problems. However, the problems may or may not be related to a TMJ disorder. Because of the proximity of the TMJ to the ear, it is possible that joint pain is mistakenly reported as earache. Pain arising from the lateral pterygoid muscle (myofascial pain) may also feel like an earache. However, a patient may actually have a problem in the ear that is producing the pain.
Is the pain / disorder coming from one side or both sides of my joints?
Most TMJ disorders tend to be unilateral. However, in long-standing cases, since both joints work in unison, there can ultimately also be symptoms on the opposite side.
Are you interested in TMJ Treatment services?
If you are experiencing any symptoms like headaches, jaw pain, and so forth, ensure that you visit the dental professional for an evaluation. Our TMJ professionals are ready to assist you and recommend the ideal dental procedure. Contact our office today to make your appointment, and discuss your treatment options.