TMJ is a joint disorder that causes popping sounds and pain in the jaw. There is a minimally invasive surgical procedure called arthrocentesis that may relieve the symptoms of this disorder. However, most patients respond to non-invasive therapies and don’t need surgery at all.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a very common jaw problem. Many people have jaw popping or jaw pain at some point. This can be a result of overworked jaw muscles from unconscious grinding or clenching of the teeth. These behaviors are especially likely to happen at night or during times of high stress. However, the cause of the condition isn’t always identifiable.
Most of the time, TMJ is short-lived and resolves on its own. However, the symptoms of TMJ can become severe or chronic. When this happens, the condition can be annoying and painful. In some cases, jaw function can be seriously impaired. Fortunately, this kind of jaw disorder is often highly treatable with non-invasive therapies. If you have the signs of TMJ, don’t hesitate to call Dennis W. Nagel DDS, PS. to seek diagnosis and treatment to regain your quality of life.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ?
This condition features a wide range of warning signs. You might experience one or more of the following:
- Pain or tenderness of your jaw
- Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth