You are not alone if you have not heard about TMJ disorder. However, it is not necessary that you must have knowledge about this condition in order to know if you have it or not. The reason is that identifying this condition can be quite difficult because its symptoms are not that obvious. Typically, this condition occurs due to damage in temporomandibular joints (#TMJ) that connect lower jaw with the upper. The best way a #dentist can diagnose this issues in the patient is to monitor any change in the jaw functions.
Having that said, a few warning signs and risk factors are worth mentioning here.
How to know if there is a TMJ disorder?
The major problem is that TMJ disorder can remain misdiagnosed or undiagnosed for years. Although there are various warning signs, it becomes difficult to assign to one oral health concern. Nevertheless, knowledge about the wide range of symptoms can be quite helpful as you can help your dentist to make an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Having that said, a few things that you need to watch out for. In case you have any one of those issues, you can go to your dentist to get your TMJ properly checked.
•Most common symptom of TMJ disorder is the jaw pain. This pain can be
chronic, throbbing, or stabbing.
•TMJ #disorder can also result in pain in the neck, shoulder, or back.
•Clicking and grinding sound when you open or close your mouth.
•Restricted movement of your jaw.
•Pain in the ear or the sound of ringing – hearing loss may be the case in severe cases.
Risk factor for TMJ
Patients are likely to suffer from TMJ disorder if they have stress and anxiety. Now, you may wonder that how a cognitive issue like stress can have something to do with TMJ disorder. Well, the matter of fact is that there are a lot of changes which tend occur in the body when you are under stress. Among other changes, the one that commonly occurs is the clenching of #jaws. Having that said, bruxism is the disorder which can be the biggest risk factor for TMJ disorder. Most of the bruxism patients grind their teeth while sleeping. Therefore, you have to make sure that you are avoiding grinding your teeth in order to save your smile. The misaligned teeth due to bruxism can lead to the TMJ disorder.
What you need to do?
If you think that you have found a symptom, you immediately need to call your dentist for a quick checkup. Based on the result of diagnoses, your dentist will suggest the treatment plan.