Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement. If you suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurring headaches, you might have Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD.
Symptoms of TMD can include:
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Swelling on the sides of the face
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
If you are having any of these symptoms, let your dentist know. Your dentist can help confirm the presence of TMD and work with you to identify an effective treatment plan to give you relief from discomfort.