TMJ syndrome, or temporomandibular joint syndrome, occurs when there is damage to your temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull. The muscles connecting the jaw to the skull are subjected to continuous dysfunction when the teeth come together (5,000 times a day) creating muscle/joint pain, jaw tightness with forward head position, and postural malalignment. Fortunately, there are treatments and ways to correct this symptomatology.
TMJ syndrome can be caused by issues both preventable and unpreventable. TMJ is a genetic predisposition found in families. Knowing what to look for and to treat early will prevent later symptoms. Teeth injuries, jaw misalignment, excessive jaw grinding and clenching, and gum chewing will exacerbate the existing TMJ condition.
Some commons signs of TMJ syndrome:
- Jaw pain
- Locked jaw and stiffness
- Jaw clicking and popping
- Ear pain
- Popping sounds in ears
- Chronic headaches
- Blurred vision
- Pain in the temples
- Difficulty chewing food
- Shoulder pain
- Neck and back pain
These pains and issues might be subtle at first, but if not treated, the pain will intensify and start to interfere with your daily life, because your jaw dysfunctions 5,000 times a day in your jaw, neck, back, shoulders, and rubs. Only specially trained and qualified dentists can help you with your TMJ related problems and luckily, here at TMJ Pain Center, that is our specialty.
If you think you might be experiencing the symptoms of TMJ syndrome, it is always best to be officially diagnosed by a professional for the best possible treatment options.
TMJ is a serious mouth joint and postural issue that needs to be diagnosed by a professional. Contact us if you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ syndrome and we will make sure you receive the right treatment for your jaw pain!