Do you find yourself getting a headache on a regular basis? Does your jaw hurt lately? If you find that you have begun to experience headaches or jaw pain on a more frequent basis, you ought to make yourself a dental appointment because it is possible that you have begun to develop a TMJ disorder. And if left untreated, it could lead to further issues down the road.
Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint that attaches your jawbone to your skull. When your jaw is misaligned, your teeth are misaligned. The pain you are experiencing is your jaw muscles applying extra pressure to compensate for the poor alignment of your teeth. This is what’s called a “bad bite”. Not only is this misalignment causing you pain, but the extra pressure increases stress on the surface of the teeth, leading to cracks or chips in your teeth.
Because the jaw pain is caused from strain placed where the upper and lower jaw meet, the condition is classified as a TMJ disorder. Not sure if the pain you have is a TMJ issue? Sufferers of TMJ disorder will experience the following symptoms:
- Pain in multiple teeth or the jaw joint
- Limited jaw movement
- Cracked, chipped or broken dental restorations
- Headache—especially when opening and closing your jaw
- Ear pain—in front of or below the ear, with no other signs of ear infection
- Noises “in your head” — grinding, crunching, or popping sounds
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, it is time to consult your dental professional about treatment options to diminish your tooth, jaw, and headaches.
For more information about TMJ disorder, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 9255-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.
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