Problems with the temporomandibular joint can be mild or they can be difficult to endure. The thing is that all the potential symptoms can also indicate other types of issues. Before making any assumptions about what’s causing the discomfort, it pays to know more about the symptoms that indicate a TMJ disorder is present and how a medical professional arrives at a diagnosis. If any of the following applies to you, it’s time to find out if a TMJ treatment would make a difference.
Locking or Clicking of the Temporomandibular Joint
While it’s only for a few seconds, any movement of your jaw seems to trigger clicking and maybe locking. Perhaps it only happens when you’re chewing something. Maybe it happens when you are talking and start to open your mouth to laugh. If you notice it happening more often, you do need to find out if a TMJ treatment would help.
Tenderness or Discomfort in the Jaw
While your jaw seems to function without any problems, it does seem to be a little sore and tender most of the time. You don’t chew gum often and the discomfort and tender sensation seems to come whether you’ve been eating or not. Instead of ignoring it, a checkup is in order. It could be that a TMJ treatment will alleviate the discomfort.
Pain Centered Around or In the Ear
Did you know that it’s possible to have TMJ disorder and not have any discomfort around the jaw? Instead the pain seems to be centered in or around the ear. There may be some tenderness as well as a sore sensation from time to time. A few quick tests will determine if there’s a problem with the jaw causing the pain and what a TMJ treatment can do to correct the issue.
Decreased Ability to Chew
You simply can’t chew as thoroughly these days. Part of it has to do with being able to open the mouth as widely. It’s also about the way your upper and lower teeth meet when you try to chew. Since not properly chewing your food can lead to stomach problems, it makes sense to find out what’s happening. A TMJ treatment may be all it takes to restore your ability to chew thoroughly.
Facial Pain in General
Does your face feel a little odd? Maybe you’ve noticed some numbness that starts near the jaw and move up to the cheeks. Perhaps your face seems to be more sensitive lately. It could have to do with the temporomandibular joint. If so, the right type of TMJ treatment will allow you to heal.
Get In Touch with Us for More Information
Do you think that a TMJ treatment would help? If so, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Brevard Smiles. At our convenient locations in Indian Harbour Beach and Rockledge, we’ll conduct an examination and determine if the joint is compromised in some way. If so, we will begin the treatment immediately. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!