Pop quiz time. Open up your mouth — do you hear a faint click or pop when you do? Or maybe it hurts too much to open it up, and that’s how you landed on this blog. Either way, listen up. That’s your mouth’s way of telling you your jaw needs help. TMJ/TMD is a pretty common issue for adults, and it can be treated. Keep reading to learn more about TMJ/TMD, including how to know if you have it, what it can cause, and how it’s treated. TMJ therapy in Shepherdsville may be just what you need to escape this chronic pain and live in comfort once again!
What Is TMJ/TMD?
TMJ/TMD is what we call jaw pain in your TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint. This dysfunction can cause pain ranging from minor to so severe it’s hard to open and close your mouth. The primary cause is teeth grinding and jaw clenching, which may be brought on by stress or a misaligned bite. Facial injury or trauma can also cause TMJ/TMD. Whatever brings it on, TMJ/TMD needs to be treated to avoid the associated health problems (more on those below).
Signs and Symptoms of TMJ/TMD
Watch out for these warning signs that something is off with the alignment of your TMJ. Remember — jaw pain is not an unfortunate side effect of aging. You may need professional treatment!
Some of the signs and symptoms of TMJ/TMD include:
- A clicking, popping jaw
- Ear or neck pain
- Chronic headaches
- Weak or worn teeth
- The sensation of lockjaw
- Difficulty opening your mouth open wide
Why It’s Important to Treat TMJ/TMD
When ignored, TMJ/TMD can take a real toll on your oral and overall health. Associated teeth grinding and jaw clenching can lead to weak and worn teeth which are more prone to chipping or breaking. You may notice tooth sensitivity. After a while, TMJ/TMD can cause tingling extremities and make it difficult to eat a balanced, nutritious diet.
It may surprise you to learn that a dentist is the professional to visit for jaw pain — but, as the expert in your mouth and all the structures that support your smile, there is perhaps no one better suited for this task. Treatment may include an adjustment to help your bite fit together properly again, or a split to realign the TMJ over the period of a couple of weeks. No matter the solution that is best for you, the important thing is finding one — and soon! You deserve to live free from jaw pain.
Meet the Practice
The Exceptional Dentistry team offers high-quality comprehensive dentistry services from the comfort of a state-of-the-art office. If you are suffering from jaw pain, there may be a solution in sight with treatment for TMJ/TMD. Don’t hesitate to find out! Get in touch with their office by calling your dentist in Shepherdsville at 502-543-3054 today.