Many of the symptoms of TMJ occur in and around the jaw. These include:
- Clicking or popping noises when opening and shutting the mouth
- Grinding noises when chewing
- Constrained jaw movement
- Periods of lockjaw
- Pain around the jaw joint
- Swelling around jaw muscles
These are clear indications of TMJ and should be brought to the attention of Dr. Jean Morency immediately. Our Houston TMJ dentists can assess your jaw joint, establish your proper bite, and provide you with the TMJ treatment best suited to restore comfort and alignment to your jaw.
Other Symptoms of TMJ
Running through your jaw is a complex network of muscle, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. When the jaw is misaligned, a chain-reaction can occur in this network, resulting in issues that may seem to have nothing at all to do with TMJ.
Symptoms of TMJ that may seem unrelated to your jaw include:
- Migraine headaches
- Neck, shoulder, and back pain
- Ear ringing or pain without the presence of infection
- Pressure behind or around the eyes
- Nasal pressure and pain
- Generalized chronic facial pain
- Postural changes
Any type of chronic pain indicates a health issue. If your chronic pain is focused in the face or head, that issue may very likely be TMJ. The best way to determine if TMJ is behind your symptoms is through a comprehensive neuromuscular evaluation from Dr. Morency .
Symptoms of TMJ should not be ignored. Left untreated, this common disorder can result in long-term discomfort and may even cause digestive issues, uneven tooth wear, and other problems.
If you are suffering from chronic pain or any other symptoms of TMJ, please contact our experienced Houston TMJ dentists to schedule an evaluation and treatment consultation today.