Temperomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) is a condition that affects many people and is associated with a certain amount of pain, movement trouble, and clicking of the jaw. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact prevalence of this disorder, but it may be more common than many people realize. General dentists in Highland, MI, such as Dr. James LoCascio here at Highland Advanced Dental Care may be able to help with diagnosis and treatment of TMJ. Here are three signs that you may be suffering from this disorder.
People who suffer from TMJ may experience trouble when trying to open the mouth, especially when opening it up wide. Sometimes the jaw may even become stuck or locked in either an open or closed position.
One of the tell-tale symptoms of the disorder is a clicking noise when moving the jaw. Pain does not always have to accompany the noise, and it may occur when talking, chewing, or at any other time the mouth opens and closes. The sound may also sound like a grating noise. Grinding the teeth can also contribute to the disorder, so sounds of grinding—especially when sleeping—can be indicative of a problem.
It is fairly normal for pain to be associated with the jaw for TMJ, but there may also be pain in the face, neck, and shoulders. Aches in the teeth, neck, ears, and head as well as ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and dizziness are also common.
Find Out If These Signs Mean You Have TMJ Today
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, getting in to see Dr. LoCascio could help you to get a diagnosis and on the road to recovery. Schedule your consultation today with one of your general dentists in Highland, MI, by calling Highland Advanced Dental Care at (248) 329-1627.