Offering Treatments for TMJ in Hampden-Denver Area
If You’re Tired of Living with Chronic Jaw, Neck, and Back Pain from TMJ, We Can Help!
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction occurs as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control movement of the jaw. It is referred to as TMD (temporomandibular disorder) or TMJ syndrome. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the bone of the skull. This joint is located immediately in front of the ear on each side of the head. The muscles attached to the jaw allow the jaw an incredible amount of movement, such as side to side and up and down. This flexibility allows us to chew, talk, and yawn. A dentist that focuses on TMJ pain and treatments can determine if you have TMD.
What is TMD or TMJ?
Those who suffer from TMD experience severe TMJ pain and discomfort. Jaw pain and jaw popping are common. This jaw pain can last for as many as several years or just a few months. More women experience TMJ pain than men and the disorder is most often seen in people between 20 to 40 years of age. It is important to report any TMD symptoms to your dentist.
TMD/TMJ Symptoms Include:
- Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or yawn
- Limited ability to open the mouth wide
- Jaws that get “stuck” or “locked” in the open or closed mouth position
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the joint when the mouth is opened or closed
- Tired feeling in the face or neck
- Difficulty chewing
- Sudden uncomfortable feeling when biting
- Swelling on the side of the face
- Headaches or neck aches
- Hearing problems
- Upper shoulder pain
- Ringing in the ears
What Causes TMJ Syndrome?
The main cause of TMJ syndrome is still unknown, but scientists believe that the symptoms are a result of problems in the muscles of the jaw or with parts of the joint.
Known factors that contribute to TMJ syndrome include:
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis