The temporomandibular joints are what connect your lower jaw to your skull. Because the name is such a mouthful (pardon the pun) they’re generally called the TMJ. They are susceptible to a condition called TMJ disorder, which is one of our specialties at Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN.
Because it’s a sliding hinge joint, the TMJ allows us to grind and chew food. It may be all that mobility that makes it so prone to aches and pains. But TMJ/TMD is pain at another level. How can you tell the difference?
Signs and Symptoms
TMJ disorder is more than just pain in the jaw. If you or a loved one is coping with persistent jaw pain, take note if the following symptoms are present:
- Clicking or popping sounds as the jaw opens or closes
- Facial pain
- Pain in the shoulder and neck area
- Earaches, or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Talk to us if you notice one or more of these signs.
Sometimes there are conditions that mimic TMJ disorder, requiring a different sort of treatment.
- Sinus issues
- Headaches (tension or migraines)
- Trigeminal neuralgia (nerves that control the jaw)
If you have jaw pain and there is no obvious reason why, please give us a call at Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN. An accurate diagnosis is the first step toward an effective treatment plan. Schedule an appointment today!