Oral surgeons are highly qualified specialists with extensive training in the diagnosis of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and TMJ treatment. As such, they’re the professionals to see if you have any symptoms linked to the syndrome.
But what are those symptoms? How do you know if you need TMJ treatment? If you’re experiencing any of the following, you may benefit from scheduling an oral surgeon consultation.
1: Jaw Joint Pain
Chronic jaw joint pain is commonly associated with TMJ disorder. Patients with the syndrome say that the pain feels like a dull ache, and for many, the aching comes and goes.
2: Stiff Jaw Muscles
Stiffness in the jaw muscles every morning is typically due to tooth grinding. This habit frequently leads to the need for TMJ treatment, as grinding puts extreme stress and pressure on the temporomandibular joints.
3: Limited Jaw Movement
Opening and closing the mouth is difficult for many people who suffer from TMJ disorder. The joints may also slip out of place, and in some cases, the jaw can become locked open or locked shut.
4: Strange Jaw Sounds
Occasional popping, clicking and grating noises in the jaw may not be a reason to pursue TMJ treatment. But when the unusual sounds occur quite often, visiting an oral surgeon may be beneficial.
5: Neck and Facial Pain
Many people don’t realize that TMJ disorder can cause referred pain, which is pain felt in other parts of the body. Neck and facial pain are common symptoms, occurring on and off on one or both sides.
6: Ear Pain and Pressure
Earaches and pressure in the ears may be the result of an infection, but referred pain from TMJ disorder could also be the reason for these symptoms. Inflammation in the temporomandibular joints often creates aching below and in front of the ears.
7: Tension Headaches
Frequent, headache-like pain is a common TMJ disorder symptom. Other medical professions often diagnose these tension headaches as migraines, but oral surgeons can determine if issues with the temporomandibular joint are to blame.
8: Shifting Teeth
TMJ disorder can also affect the position of the upper and lower teeth. Some patients report that their bite felt different, which prompted them to seek out TMJ treatment. Others, however, are unaware of the issue until diagnosed by an oral surgeon.
Are you experiencing any of these TMJ disorder symptoms? If you live in the greater east central Indiana area, reach out to Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Our board-certified oral surgeons have been providing TMJ treatment to patients in Wayne Township, Wayne County and the surrounding communities for more than a decade. We have the skill, knowledge and training to determine the least invasive path to resolving your jaw joint problems.
If you suspect you may have TMJ disorder, contact Richmond Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and schedule an oral surgeon consultation to discuss TMJ treatment today.