Your jaw pain may be a symptom of a bigger issue. You could be one of the tens of millions of people across the country who suffer from a TMJ disorder.
When ignored, TMJ troubles can interfere with your daily life. It can be difficult to eat certain foods when you have a TMJ disorder. In fact, any meal could leave you feeling sore after repeated chewing motions.
At the same time, you may be feeling headaches that make it hard to get through normal activities. The pain can make you want to avoid people, which can make both professional and personal activities too much to handle.
Don’t live with the struggle. Instead, take action to address the underlying causes of your condition. Call 256-274-8680 to set up a consultation at Charles F. Betts, Jr., DMD, Family Dentistry in Decatur, AL.
Could Your TMJ Be a Problem
While TMJ issues are relatively common, you may not be aware of your particular problems are the result of a TMJ disorder. Keep in mind that TMJ affects people in a variety of ways. You might be experiencing one symptom or a combination of symptoms:
- Jaw pain and soreness
- Jaw muscle stiffness
- Limited jaw movement
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Vision issues
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing your jaw
- Frequent headaches
- Ear pain or pressure
Having a symptom one time does not mean that you have a TMJ disorder. However, if you start to notice a pattern, it’s in your best interest to talk to someone about your situation. Dr. Betts can examine your teeth to see if they are showing the effects of TMJ. Once you have identified the potential problem, then you can take action.
Protect Your Health & Your Smile
Just as TMJ issues can lead to a number of symptoms, they also can have multiple causes. Understanding why you may be having jaw pain or headaches can make it easier to find the right treatment for your troubles.
Be aware of these potential contributing factors:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Injuries near or to the jaw
- Leaving your mouth open for extended periods of time
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
With that last one, many people are unaware they are doing it. Why? Because they grind and clench in their sleep.
Fortunately, you can still do something about this unconscious behavior. You can talk to Dr. Betts about getting an oral appliance to wear while you sleep. This can benefit you in two ways. First, it can alter the position of your lower jaw to relieve stress on your jaw joints. Second, it creates a barrier to prevent clenching and grinding. As such, it prevents undue wear and tear on your teeth.
Ease Your Pain
Do not spend days, weeks, or months continuing to suffer from your TMJ issues. Be proactive by making an appointment with Dr. Betts.