Symptoms You May Have TMJ/TMD
If you’re having constant pain in your jaw that doesn’t seem to be going away, there is a pretty good chance that you’re suffering from TMJ/TMD. This is a serious condition that does not go away on its own and requires treatment. But how do you know when it’s time to see a TMJ specialist and get treatment? Keep reading to learn more about the most common symptoms of TMJ/TMD and how to receive treatment for TMJ without surgery or medication.
TMJ Symptoms: Pain
One of the most common and debilitating symptoms of TMJ or TMD is pain. There are many ways to experience pain when you have TMJ. Some of these include:
- Pain or tenderness in the jaw, face, or neck
- Pain around the ear that can be confused with an earache
- Pain and discomfort when opening or closing the mouth, especially while eating
- Frequent headaches
- Pain or discomfort when chewing, biting, or speaking
Pain and discomfort can sometimes be treated with pain relief medications, cold compress, or heat. If the pain is getting worse, it is time to see a TMJ specialist before it interferes with your quality of life.
TMJ Symptoms: Popping
Another common symptom of TMJ/TMD includes popping. This can include a popping sound as well as a popping sensation when the jaw moves. For example, a popping or clicking sound commonly occurs in the jaw when opening or closing the mouth. This can lead to limited jaw movement or locking of the jaw when in the open or closed position.
TMJ Symptoms: Limited Movement
When you have pain and popping symptoms with your jaw, it can quickly lead to limited jaw movement. As long as you are not moving your jaw, avoiding certain foods, and being very careful, your symptoms tend to be much better. However, this is very unrealistic to deal with—we all need to speak, eat, yawn, enjoy food, and more! If you are experiencing limited movement due to your TMJ muscles, it is time to seek treatment with a TMJ specialist.
TMJ Treatment with Toshi Hart, Dental Sleep Medicine
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, it is important to seek prompt medical attention. With proper diagnosis and treatment, TMD can be effectively managed or eliminated, reducing pain and discomfort and improving quality of life. Additionally, regular dental check-ups can help detect and prevent TMD and other dental problems.
It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of both medications and jaw surgery with Dr. Hart and to consider all available treatment options before making a decision. In many cases, conservative treatments such as physical therapy, oral appliances, and lifestyle changes, such as stress management and proper posture, can be effective in managing TMD without the need for surgery.
If you’re ready to stop your TMJ pain once and for all and get treatment for your TMD without medication or surgery, visit toshihartdds.com!