Understanding TMJ Causes and Symptoms

General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentists Serving Brighton, Thornton, Commerce City, Fort Lupton & Nearby Colorado

Posted: August 15, 2018

tmj causes and symptoms treatment brighton thornton colorado dentistThere are many oral health conditions that can cause you pain and distress. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder as it’s more commonly known, is an oral health condition which causes chronic pain in many areas of the mouth, head, and upper body. It can also cause emotional distress as you deal with near constant pain, making it difficult to live a normal life.

In an article published by the Washington Post in early 2018, there were over 10 million people in the U.S. who’ve experienced a form of TMJ, with roughly 10 percent of those people developing long-lasting, chronic symptoms from the condition. That’s a significant amount of people in just this county alone. While everyone who has a degree of TMJ may not have debilitating pain, they may experience discomfort that negatively affects their lives in other ways.

TMJ disorder is a condition in which one or both of your temporomandibular joints in your jaw are misaligned, causing stress on the adjoining muscles and tendons in your mouth. Even minor alignment issues can cause pain as your jaw is used to move in many directions and in many different actions such as eating, talking, yawning, laughing, and many other facial expressions. This can lead to a host of painful or life-altering symptoms, including:

  • Pain in the jaw
  • Pain in your neck, shoulders, face
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Chronic migraines
  • Clicking and/or popping in your jaw
  • Jaw locking
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Sleep disorders
  • Emotional distress

Unfortunately, since every symptom is not directly related to your mouth or jaw, it can be hard to determine on your own if you’re suffering from TMJ disorder. If you’re experiencing chronic headaches or migraines or have neck, back, and shoulder pain you may not realize it’s the result of the joints in your jaw. Even medical doctors can have trouble diagnosing the condition which is why it’s important to see a trained dentist to conclude if TMJ disorder is the cause of your pain.

At our office, we use state-of-the-art technology such to allow us to not only determine if you’re suffering from TMJ disorder but to find the best treatment options for your jaw to help you manage and move on from your pain. Our goal is to work with you every step of the way to find the best solution so that you can have a healthy and pain-free mouth.

If you believe that you may be suffering from a degree of TMJ disorder and wish to speak with our experienced dentists, please contact us today by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 303-558-6537 to schedule your appointment. We proudly provide quality dental services to those who live in the Brighton, Thornton, Commerce City, and Fort Lupton areas of Colorado.