Recognizing the Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
By Patrick Casey on January 29, 2016
TMJ disorder is a common condition that affects the function of the temporomandibular joint. The condition can affect all oral functions related to the joint, including biting and chewing. Although TMJ disorder often results in a number of uncomfortable symptoms, many patients are unaware of the source of these side effects. Drs. Charles and Patrick Casey are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder, providing TMJ treatment to improve the functions of the muscles, nerves, and joints of the jawbone. However, before treatment can be sought, the condition must be diagnosed. Dr. Casey discusses TMJ disorder symptoms with his Montreal, QC patients so that if these side effects do develop, they can come in to discuss diagnosis and treatment.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder does primarily affect the temporomandibular joint, but the possible symptoms of TMJ extend far beyond a sore jaw. Because the possible symptoms of TMJ are so varied, many people do not associate these signs with TMJ disorder, and, therefore, do not seek the treatment that they need. It is important for patients to understand all the symptoms that may result from TMJ disorder so that they can get treatment as soon as possible. Below are some of the most common symptoms of TMJ disorder:
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Regular jaw pain or soreness
- Tight, limited jaw movements or locked jaw
- Tooth pain
- Clicking or popping sounds coming from the jaw
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Facial pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Teeth that are worn down or damaged (especially the back teeth)
- Loose teeth
Because TMJ disorder can affect the entire bite, it places a lot of undue pressure on the teeth, as well as the muscles and nerves of the jaw. This is why the condition can result in such a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
While TMJ disorder is an uncomfortable condition, and one that can increase the risk of dental complications, the good news is that there is treatment available. Dr. Casey explores several treatment options and tailors each patient’s treatment so that it addresses their specific needs. Dr. Casey does this by using high-tech equipment to evaluate the jaw and its movement, measuring the muscle function, and listening to the joints to determine how much damage is present. Based on the issues being experienced by each patient, Dr. Casey may then use a combination of neuromuscular, orthodontic, and restorative dentistry treatments to non-surgically realign the jaw, reducing the symptoms associated with TMJ disorder in the process. This restores a patient’s oral comfort and functions, and helps to prevent the dental complications that are typically associated with TMJ disorder.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are suffering from unexplained headaches; jaw, neck, or shoulder pain; and limited jaw movement, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder. To have your jaw examined and learn more about available TMJ disorder treatments, schedule an appointment with Dr. Charles or Patrick Casey at your earliest convenience.
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