What You May Want to Know About TMJ Disorder

It’s natural to have questions when your dentist tells you that you may have an issue with your oral health or your bite’s function. When it comes to TMJ disorder, questions tend to be more prevalent, especially because the dysfunction can mean something different for everyone. Some patients who experience related, chronic symptoms may not even think to ask their dentist about TMJ disorder because they don’t know that it may be a factor.

What does TMJ disorder actually mean?

TMJ disorder is a collective term. It can describe any condition that affects the health and function of your temporomandibular joints (TMJs), the joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. This may include tissue inflammation, the dislocation of one or both joints, and the decreased ability to bite, chew, and speak comfortably.

Who’s at risk for TMJ disorder?

Like many dental health issues, anyone may develop TMJ disorder under certain circumstances. You may be at heightened risks if you experience excessive stress (which can manifest as constant jaw tension), an imbalanced bite, or an injury to the face or mouth.

What symptoms might hint at TMJ disorder?

Because TMJ disorder affects your jaw’s function, things like popping and clicking jaw joints are common. You might also experience chronic pain in your neck and facial muscles, persistent headaches and migraines, earaches, and other symptoms that can grow increasingly worse over time.

Learn More About Jaw Pain and TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder can come in many forms, but in all cases, understanding and treating it as soon as possible is essential for relieving its many symptoms. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.

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