If you’ve been experiencing soreness or tenderness near your jaw joint area, you might be concerned that you have TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Often referred to as TMJ Disorder or simply “TMJ,” this condition can negatively affect an individual’s quality of life. Although jaw pain is common, it is not the only symptom of TMD. In fact, some patients may not realize pain they have been experiencing is caused by TMJ Disorder. To help you better understand whether or not TMD is the cause of your discomfort, please review the list of common symptoms below:
- Pain or difficulty when chewing
- Popping or clicking of the jaw when opening/closing it or while chewing
- Jaw “locking” in the closed or open position
- Soreness in the neck, shoulders, jaw joint area, and/or face
- Swelling on the side of the face
- Numbness in the arms and/or fingers
Don’t let TMJ get in the way of your life! I want my patients to live happy, healthy lives. If you think you might have TMJ Disorder, I recommend scheduling an appointment with a dentist who has experience treating TMD. There are a wide variety of treatment options available, and a skilled dentist can assist you in finding the one that can best address your situation and alleviate pain. I have been treating patients with TMJ Disorder for many years, and love seeing how much happier they are once the pain is relieved!
If you are interested in learning more about TMD, or would like to schedule an appointment with me to find an appropriate treatment, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
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