TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular
joint, which is a fancy way of saying jaw joint. Clinically,
we refer to problems associated with the TMJ (jaw joint) as
TMJ Syndrome or TMD (disorder). But many patients
just call it "TMJ". Often, TMJ Syndrome presents
itself as a popping sound and sensation near the jaw joint.
Who can have TMJ Syndrome?
TMJ problems can afflict people of all ages,
although patients under 40 are more susceptible and it occurs
more frequently in women.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ Syndrome?
TMJ Syndrome symptoms include:
- Earaches, stuffiness, or ringing in the ears
- Pain or soreness in and around the jaw joints
- Numbness in fingers and arms
- Difficulty swallowing
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw
- Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints
- Pain behind the eyes
- Neck, shoulder, or back pain
- Facial pain
- Unexplained loosening of teeth
Left untreated, the TMJ symptoms increase in number and severity
as you get older.
What should I do if I suspect TMJ Syndrome?
In order to determine the best course of treatment, an accurate
diagnosis is imperative. Consult with Dr. Schoolman or Dr. Lofton to determine if you are suffering from TMJ Syndrome. Many
times all that's needed is a simple adjustment to your bite
(the way your teeth come together), or a small mouthpiece
that corrects the way your jaw joint closes.