Are you having jaw pain? A little clicking or popping when you open your mouth? Maybe it just is uncomfortable to chew? You could have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJD. With so many different symptoms showing up in so many ways, the disorder often goes unnoticed and undiagnosed.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge where your jaw connects to your skull, and is responsible for all of your talking, yawning, chewing, etc. Things like a heavy blow to the jaw, arthritis, excessive clenching and grinding of the teeth, or even stress can cause the muscles around the TMJ to tighten up and cause a lot of pain.
Living with TMJD can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but it can be managed. Learning relaxation techniques, and making sure to not put extra stress on the joint can help. Over-the-counter pain killers can also help, though they should be used with moderation, so they don’t cover up other pains and problems that may be occurring. TMJD may not have any immediate health risks, but suffering from the symptoms for an extended amount of time can greatly contribute to sleep loss, anxiety, stress or even depression.
All of those things considered, it is important to have TMJD diagnosed by a professional. Certified dentists will know what to look for and run the appropriate tests to accurately diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Along with that, they can provide more extensive solutions to the symptoms, such as special splints, night appliances, or prescription medications. If you or a loved one are suffering from some or all of the symptoms of TMJD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bezbatchenko today!