Do you ever experience tightness or tension in your jaw when you wake up? Do you ever suffer from mild irritation or extreme pain in your jaw? Do you have similar pain or discomfort in your throat or in your neck? If so, you could be suffering from TMJ disorder, which is often referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder.
Unfortunately, TMJ can also affect more than just your neck or your jaw. In reality, common headaches—ranging from mild to migraine—can be caused by TMJ. Sadly, TMJ can affect the way you chew, which can result in a number of problems, including headaches. Furthermore, if you chew incorrectly, you’ll be more likely to have gum disease and other problems.
People with TMJ may also experience odd sounds when they chew, or when they open or shut their mouth. This is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ. If your TMJ isn’t addressed, the sounds you hear could get louder and more persistent. These sounds could even become painful in time. Ear and facial pain can also stem from TMJ disorder. If this pain becomes too intense, it can actually cause your muscles to lock in place.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to address this problem. If you’re interested in learning more about TMJ, or about how you can address the issue, please don’t hesitate to contact Woodruff Family Dental at 870-972-8190. Dr. Tim Woodruff and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.