How do I know if I have TMJ?
If you consistently experience jaw pain, have difficulty chewing, or feel a popping or locking sensation when opening and closing your mouth, you may be suffering from a medical condition known as TMJ.
TMJ is a term frequently used in the dental community to describe painful symptoms of the jaw joint such as chronic neck pain, chronic facial pain, and consistent migraines or headaches. While “TMJ” is likely the term you are more familiar with, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or “TMD,” is the official condition which often causes the more well-known TMJ.
TMJ is a very common condition, affecting millions of Americans each year, and many who suffer do not even realize they have TMJ. Because TMJ can be caused by a number of factors, including a misaligned dental bite or abnormal stress on the jaw, there is no real way to prevent the condition.
Treating TMJ Symptoms
If you have been living with symptoms such as chronic pain in your jaw or facial region, cracking or locking of your joints and difficulty opening and closing your mouth, it is important to be evaluated by a dental professional. At The Dental Group at Carpenter’s Crossing, we strive to reduce the effects of TMJ in our Lewes, DE patients. We understand that TMJ can be very painful and begin to take its toll on your quality of life, so call us today at (302) 645-8993 to make a dental appointment to be seen by one of our caring team members.