November 30, 2015

Problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are fairly common, especially among individuals who grind or clench their teeth while sleeping or during times of stress. You can locate your temporomandibular joint by placing your fingers on the side of your face, slightly in front of your earlobe. Open and close your jaw, and you will feel the powerful temporomandibular joint in action. Although this joint is quite strong, it can develop problems if the muscles around it become tight, or if the jaw itself becomes injured. When this happens, it can lead to uncomfortable TMJ symptoms.

Common TMJ Symptoms

Since November is TMJ Awareness Month, Dr. Douglas Genninger seeks to educate patients regarding the importance of having their TMJ symptoms treated by a general dentist in Tampa, FL. Minor TMJ problems often have very subtle symptoms that can be difficult to notice. However, if treatment is not sought early on, subtle symptoms can quickly become quite noticeable and painful. Here are a few things to watch for if you suspect that you may have problems with your temporomandibular joint:

  • Annoying sounds in the jaw when you open your mouth, especially “clicking” or “popping” noises
  • Discomfort or pain that affects the face, shoulders, neck, jaw joint area, and ear area when you speak, chew, or yawn
  • Discomfort when chewing, or a feeling that the teeth are not fitting together properly
  • Swelling on one or both sides of your face
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth naturally
  • Problems with your jaw becoming locked in a closed or open position
  • A feeling of tiredness in your face
  • Unexplained headaches or toothaches
  • Frequent earaches
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing problems

If you experience some or many of these symptoms, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with Dr. Genninger and rule out the possibility of TMJ issues. There is no better time to schedule an appointment than during TMJ Awareness Month, so call today at 813.448.3696!



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