How Do I Know if I Have TMJ Issues?
Everyone has a temporomandibular joint (actually, they have two). It’s the “jaw joint”--where your lower jaw connects to the rest of your skull. One or both of these joints can become damaged, stress, or out of alignment, causing TMJ disorder.
TMJ disorder is caused by a number of things:
- Bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding)
Bruxism may also connect with sleep apnea.
The symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Chronic jaw pain.
- Facial swelling on the affected side.
- Face/head/neck/ear/shoulder pain.
- Cracking/clicking/grinding/popping when opening/closing your mouth.
- Stuck/locked jaw.
- Inability to open the mouth wide.
If you have some of these symptoms, you should contact Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann at our Virginia Beach dental office to explore treatments for TMJ issues.
How Is TMJ Disorder Treated?
As with many ailments, the causes will influence the treatment. Stress relief techniques, custom bite guards, night guards for bruxism, restorative treatment, or facial relaxation exercises all are available.
Contact us today to explore the TMJ disorder treatment right for you. We will help you find the right treatment which will solve your jaw pain.