Temporomandibular joint disorders have similar characteristics to other conditions, making it difficult to self-diagnose the condition. If you are experiencing jaw pain when speaking or eating, ear pain, and frequent headaches, then it could be from TMJ. However, our expert in TMJ in Los Angeles is qualified to give an official diagnosis of the painful condition.
The lower jaw is connected to the skull through joints and muscles that can become compromised through wear or injury. It can cause pain in either side of the face because there is a TMJ on each side. A cartilage disc cushions the impact of movement from causing strain as the jaw moves, which happens with force as we chew food. A sudden injury or thinning of the disc eliminates the separation necessary to prevent pain.
An examination for TMJ involves an evaluation of the symptoms along with a thorough physical examination in the problem area. Pain and swelling in the jaw can also be from injury, a mouth infection, or arthritis rather than TMJ. One obvious symptom is a clicking or popping sound when chewing or yawning that is accompanied by pain. Our dentist in Los Angeles can find out for sure if you have TMJ and work with you to correct the condition in the most suitable way possible.