TMJ: Signs and Symptoms

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:

  • Headaches
  • 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!

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1177 Old Hickory Blvd, Suite 203
Brentwood, TN 37027

1605 Medical Center Pkwy, Suite 215
Murfreesboro, TN 37129