Signs & Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction

man holds his jaw in pain with TMJ dysfunction

When you think about issues your dentist could help treat, you’re probably just thinking about issues that involve your teeth and gums. But your jaws are quite literally the foundation of your oral health — they do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to chewing your food, talking, and smiling.

If you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ, it becomes much harder to chew, talk, and smile with ease, and can cause debilitating pain for those who suffer from it.

Below, we’ll cover the signs and symptoms of TMJ and ways that we can help alleviate your symptoms at Three Creek Dentistry.

What Is TMJ?

TMJ is when the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jawbone to your skull, grows inflamed, causing the bones and surrounding tissue to grow inflamed too.

There are a few different ways to develop TMJ. Misaligned teeth, previous injury, arthritis, and even genetics are known causes. Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth is also a common cause of TMJ.

How Can I Tell if I Have TMJ?

Common signs and symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Severe, radiating jaw pain
  • Aching or ringing ears
  • Intense toothache
  • Facial pain
  • Difficulty chewing and talking
  • Lockjaw
  • Hearing a clicking, popping, or grating sound when speaking or chewing
  • Sinus infections
  • Dizziness
  • Worn teeth
  • Tension headaches

If you are experiencing multiple symptoms on this list, chances are you might be suffering from TMJ. It’s best to reach out to your dentist right away especially if these issues are affecting your ability to chew or talk properly or are affecting your teeth.

TMJ Treatment in Derwood, MD

At Three Creek Dentistry, we can help treat your TMJ/TMD issues right in our office as part of our general, comprehensive dental services. After we carefully evaluate your jaws and examine the areas surrounding the affected areas, we can provide non-surgical options to help you feel like yourself again. A nightguard, for example, can help prevent clenching and grinding, which is a leading cause of TMJ problems.

We Offer Flexible Financing

At Three Creek Dentistry, we take pride in providing our Derwood patients the treatment they need to improve their quality of life and enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile. It’s our mission to cater to patients from a variety of financial backgrounds, which is why we proudly offer flexible financing for all of our treatment plans.

Don’t let jaw pain hold you back any longer. Contact us at 240-541-5317 or schedule an appointment with us online today!


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