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Do You Have TMJ Disorder?

TMJD or the Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is a condition caused by varying factors that affects the hinges of your jaw (this jaw joint plays a big role in allowing your jaw to move for talking or eating). This disorder can cause a significant amount of pain and discomfort if you don’t seek treatment. Here’s how you’ll be able to tell if you have a TMJ disorder:

Noises and Slipping of the Jaw

One of the first signs you’ll notice is clicking or popping noises when you try to open and close your mouth. Additionally, if you notice your jaw slipping to the side each time you open them, you may need to come in for an assessment. Your jaw is supposed to open straight up and down (and when chewing or biting, it’s also normal for it to move slightly to the side) but any deviation from this could signify TMJ disorder.

Aches and Soreness

Given the constant muscle tension and ill-distributed pressure throughout your jaw, you may experience side-effects in other areas of your body as well. Earaches, headaches, and soreness radiating along your face, neck all the way to your shoulders are all common symptoms of TMJ disorder.

Limited Range of Motion

Any damage to your temporomandibular joint can affect how well you can open and close your mouth. This in turn means that you will face problems with articulating words or even chewing and biting your food. If you find it difficult to bite into foods, it might be time to schedule an appointment! 

In order to determine if you have this disorder, our dentists at Studfield Dental Group will conduct an assessment that will study your jaw movement and include dental x-rays to get a better understanding of your anatomy.

A range of non-surgical treatments can be used to treat this disorder, including a bite splint, orthodontic appliances, and even injectables. Give us a call today to schedule your TMJ evaluation!