Do you have difficulty sleeping? Chronic headaches or facial pain? Ringing in the ears? It may be because of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Often misdiagnosed as a toothache, gum disease, arthritis, migraines or sinus problems, TMJ disorders can cause a wide variety of painful issues for years and years.
Lebowitz Dental can determine whether someone has problematic TMJ signs, but it’s helpful to keep track of symptoms to make a more accurate diagnosis. Without it, you may develop problems because of improper treatment.
General Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
The majority of those with TMJ disorders are between the ages of 20 and 40 and experience similar signs and symptoms. Here are some of the most common:
• Pain or trouble chewing, swallowing or speaking
• Limited ability to open your mouth very wide
• Constant feeling of being tired or stressed
• Poor head or neck posture
• Clicking, grating or popping sound in your jaw
• Pain behind your eyes or around your temple
• Ringing in the ears
• Trouble sleeping/insomnia
Dental Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Since TMJ disorders center on the jaw and are usually treated by dentists, they can also be identified by looking at your teeth. Here are TMJ disorder signs and symptoms you’ll find in your mouth:
• A bite that is uncomfortable or doesn’t feel aligned
• Crooked or crowded teeth
• Your front teeth are higher than your back teeth
• Signs of wear in unnatural places
• Your tongue tends to thrust in an unusual manner
Overall, a big sign that you may have a TMJ disorder is that other treatments aren’t effective. According to the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, 1 in 27 Americans experience these symptoms daily, which is why they’re often misdiagnosed as other common problems.
If you think you may be affected by a TMJ disorder, start noting your symptoms and schedule an evaluation and consultation at Lebowitz Dental today.