Do you know where the temporomandibular joints are? They are the ones that connect the lower jaw to the skull. Under some circumstances, one of these joints can become damaged and/or inflamed. This condition is referred to as TMJ disorder. If you are concerned about this disorder, here are the signs and symptoms to look out for.
The main symptom of TMJ disorder is pain in the affected jaw joint, as well as in the neck, shoulders, face, teeth, and head. It can be difficult to diagnose, because pain in these areas can be a sign of many different health issues. You might also be experiencing difficulty chewing and speaking, and the joint does not move as well as it used to. This can progress into regular cases of lock jaw, where the mouth is stuck open or closed.
A common sign of TMJ is a change in the bite. You might begin to notice a shift in your teeth and an altered way of speaking. Though tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can occur unprompted at times, it is a common sign of TMJ.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with our TMJ doctor as soon as possible.