Although they may not realize it, many Americans suffer from a common condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Just like every patient, each TMJ case is unique, and may involve a variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms. However, one concern tends to accompany the condition no matter who the patient is: pain.
Fortunately, you don’t have to live with TMJ pain. The experienced dentists at Bromley Park Dental have the skill and knowledge needed to identify the source of your discomfort and get you back on track toward a healthy, comfortable state of oral health
To learn more about TMJ and how Bromley Park Dental can help, please call 303-659-0667 to schedule an appointment. Our Brighton office happily welcomes patients from throughout our surrounding areas, including Thornton, Commerce City, and Ft. Lupton.
What Is TMJ?
Also called “TMD,” TMJ is an abbreviated way to refer to temporomandibular joint disorder, a condition that results from jaw misalignment.
An intricate network of tendons, muscles, ligaments, nerves and bones lies just beneath your face and jaws. This complex system is responsible for a number of sensations and signals throughout your upper body.
The temporomandibular joint is the ball-and-socket joint that connects your skull and jaw. When this pivotal joint becomes misaligned, it becomes irritated and places unnatural stress on the jaw area. However, it’s important to understand that this stress does not remain near your jaw; it extends to affect other parts of your body that you may not expect, such as your neck and back.
Common Symptoms of TMJ
In addition to the painful symptoms, TMJ can be a frustrating condition because its symptoms are so varied and easily confused with other less chronic, less severe conditions. Because of this, TMJ isn’t easy to diagnose, and without a proper diagnosis, treatment can’t begin.
Some of the signs of TMJ that you should be aware of include:
- Chronic migraine-like headaches
- Difficulty chewing
- Facial swelling
- Ear ringing (tinnitus)
- Limited jaw mobility
- Popping or clicking sounds in your jaw
- Facial pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder and upper back pain
- Jaw pain
Most likely, you won’t experience every one of the symptoms listed above. However, if you do experience some of these symptoms and haven’t found any success in successful treatment, you may benefit from visiting our office for an examination. Our experienced and highly-trained dentists understand how to diagnose and treat TMJ.
After diagnosing your TMJ, our first goal is to help manage the pain you are experiencing. Once we have relieved your pain, we’ll work on the underlying issues that caused your jaw to fall out of alignment.