TMJ is an acronym for the temporomandibular joint, which is the technical term for your jaw joint. In dentistry, we refer to issues relating to the TMJ, as either TMJ syndrome or TMD (disorder). Most patients simply call it “TMJ”. The most common symptom of TMJ syndrome is a popping sensation and sound near the jaw joint.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ Syndrome?
TMJ Syndrome symptoms include:
Unexplained loosening of teeth
Neck, shoulder, or back pain
Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints
Earaches, stuffiness, or ringing in the ears
Pain or soreness in and around the jaw joints
Numbness in fingers and arms
Limited movement or locking of the jaw
Pain behind the eyes
TMJ symptoms increase in number and severity as you get older if it is left untreated.
What should I do if I suspect TMJ Syndrome?
In order to determine the best course of treatment, an accurate diagnosis is imperative. Consult with Dr. Winegar to determine if you are suffering from TMJ Syndrome. Many times all that’s needed is a simple adjustment to your bite (the way your teeth come together), or a small mouthpiece that corrects the way your jaw joint closes.