tmj symptoms

tmj symptomsServing Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN

Temporomandibular joint disorder commonly referred to as TMJ or TMD is a dysfunction of the jaw joints in which the bite is uneven, and it causes discomfort or pain that can often become debilitating in nature. As TMD worsens, it can even begin to deteriorate your oral health. If left untreated, a case of TMD can radiate pain into the head, neck, shoulder, and back.

TMD can be a complicated disorder, one that is often misdiagnosed by primary health professionals.

If you believe that you have TMD, you may experience a wide variety of symptoms including:

  • Earaches
  • Poor posture
  • Misaligned bite
  • Pain or tension in jaw joints
  • Headaches
  • Pain in jaw joints
  • Clicking or popping sound when moving jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Pain or pressure behind or below the eyes
  • Tension in the face
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Pain in teeth or sore teeth
  • Broken teeth or damaged dental work
  • Vertigo/dizziness
  • Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in the extremities
  • Pain in the shoulders or neck
  • Tension in the neck

This is certainly not an all-inclusive list of symptoms. Because symptoms of TMD are so far-reaching, it is important to seek consultation with an experienced dentist in Choto that specializes in TMD. If you experience any amount of chronic pain, you should receive a TMD evaluation.

Pain is most often reported in cases of TMD. Pain can originate in your mouth or jaws, cause headaches of migraine-like intensity, and that radiates to your neck and more. This pain occurs because of the proximity of the trigeminal nerve, which is a prominent nerve that sends more sensory input to the brain than any neural pathway in the entire body. This nerve runs along the lower jaw and close to the jaw joints, and then into the head and spinal cord. Furthermore, if the jaw joints are under stress and strain, this nerve becomes inflamed and radiates a variety of pain throughout the head, and neck.

How do I know if I have TMJ?

It may be difficult for you to tell whether you have TMD or not. However, if you experience any one or a combination of symptoms listed above, you should consider an evaluation. An evaluation is easy and painless, what have you got to lose? A neuromuscular dentist in Knoxville is the best qualified professional to diagnose and treat a case of TMD.

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TMD can affect anyone of any age, especially anyone who has a misaligned bite, or that experiences high levels of stress. You should not ignore your symptoms as they will only get worse over time. Instead, Choto Family Dentistry can easily treat your TMD with a custom-made oral appliance that repositions the lower jaw into proper alignment.

TMJ Treatment in Knoxville

If you would like to learn more about TMD or get treatment, please contact Choto Family Dentistry today by calling (865) 409-5077 to schedule a consultation.

We welcome patients of Knoxville, Tennessee and the communities of Choto and Northshore.