What is TMJ?
TMJ or temporomandibular joint, is the hinge-like joint connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders, also known as TMD, cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control the movement of your jaw. It is often difficult to determine the exact cause of a person’s TMJ disorder as the pain can be a combination of many factors.
Thankfully, in most cases, the pain and discomfort felt with TMJ disorders is temporary and can usually be relieved with nonsurgical treatments. If you are experiencing jaw pain that persists and doesn’t go away, or if you can’t open or close your jaw completely, call a Houston TMJ specialist and schedule an appointment.
Causes of TMJ Disorders
- Clenching or grinding teeth (bruxism)- Bruxism and clenching tend to go hand in hand. Someone who clenches or grinds their teeth pounds on the TM joint, causing an inflammatory reaction that results in jaw pain
- Osteoarthritis- Like other joints in the body, the jaw joint is prone to arthritis. The jaw joint can degenerate and break down over time, causing pain and jaw joint issues
- Trauma- A trauma, such as a punch to the jaw or an impact from an accident, can cause dislocation of th jaw join or can damage the cartilage disc of the jaw joint
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Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
- Pain in one or both of the TM joints
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the jaw joint, difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Popping, clicking or grinding sounds coming from your jaw while it moves
- Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you might have a TMJ disorder. In most cases, a nonsurgical solution to your pain is effective. Click below to contact Dr. Lunson, a TMJ specialist in North Houston, TX.
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