One of the maddening things about TMJ disorder is that it has so many possible causes, which makes diagnosis a little tricky. Even if we can’t always figure out the why of it, effective treatment is available at Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN.
TMJ disorder is a group of disorders that are related to the jaw. It can range from tenderness in the joint to facial pain, and even difficulty moving the jaw.
Sometimes the cause is never known for sure. It can start as early as childhood, which suggests the possibility of a misaligned jaw. It can be brought on by stress, or by grinding or clenching the teeth during sleep. TMJ disorder may also result from trauma, arthritis, or even a missing tooth.
The most common symptom of TMJ disorder is pain in the jaw. Others include:
- Face or neck pain
- Stiffness in jaw muscles
- Limited movement, or even locking, of the jaw
- Clicking or popping wounds when opening or closing the mouth
- A change in the way the upper and lower teeth come together
The causes of TMJ disorder may be hard to pin down, but effective treatment is available. If you or someone close to you shows signs of TMJ disorder, please call Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN to schedule an appointment!