TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, refers to dysfunction in the jaw joint. This complex joint can be damaged by arthritis, a direct blow, or other types of injuries or diseases. Your risk of TMJ is higher if you suffer from arthritis, have a history of jaw injury, grind your teeth, or suffer from certain types of connective tissue disorders.
Symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
• Pain or tenderness in the jaw joint
• Radiating pain in the jaw
• An earache
• Aching or tenderness in the face
• Pain in the neck, back, or shoulders
• Difficulty or pain while chewing
• Clicking, grating, or grinding noises or sensations accompanied by pain when the joint is used
• Locking of the joint
Persistent pain or tenderness in the joint should be evaluated as soon as possible, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms of TMJ. Proper treatment can relieve your symptoms and help maintain a full range of motion in your jaw. Most patients respond well to conservative therapies. You may also benefit from preventive strategies that address any underlying issues, such as bruxism or bite abnormalities. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in TMJ in Los Angeles.