November 29, 2015

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) attaches your jaw to your head and is responsible for helping you chew, speak and yawn. Any activity that requires you to move your jaw relies heavily on the ability of the TMJ to function properly and effectively. In some situations, the TMJ may develop issues due to injury or tightening of the muscles in the area. When this happens, it can become difficult or even painful to move the jaw normally.

Dr. Andres Herrera, a respected oral surgeon in Salinas, CA, can help you determine if your jaw discomfort is due to TMJ issues. Since November is TMJ Awareness Month, there is no better time to learn about this common and uncomfortable condition.

Is it TMJ or Something Else?

TMJ symptoms are very wide-ranging, and can mimic many other problems that may resolve themselves over time. However, if you are developing TMJ issues and you do not have your symptoms treated, they could become more serious and could eventually cause your jaw to become painfully locked in either a closed or an open position. Here are some of the more common TMJ symptoms that you should learn how to recognize:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Achiness in the jaw area or around the ears
  • Difficulty maneuvering your jaw normally
  • Unusual grinding, popping or clicking noises when opening or closing your mouth
  • Tenderness around the jaw joint, shoulders, neck and face, especially when opening your mouth wide or chewing
  • An unusual tired feeling in your face
  • Swelling in your face
  • Problems with the jaw becoming temporarily or permanently stuck open or closed
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches or frequent tinnitus (ringing noises in the ears)

If you experience just one of these symptoms (like headaches and dizziness), your problems may not be related to TMJ. However, if you experience more than one of these symptoms, it would be wise to schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon in Salinas, CA, to determine whether or not you have TMJ problems. You can get answers to your TMJ questions today by calling 831-269-3535 and scheduling an appointment with Dr. Herrera.



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