How Do I Know If I Have TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. When this joint becomes irritated, the effects can negatively impact your jaw as well as spread throughout the body. Since the exact cause of TMJ disorder (TMD) is unclear in many cases, patients frequently suffer from this condition unknowingly. By familiarizing yourself with the symptoms of TMD, you can better understand when you should seek out the help of a dentist.
Common symptoms of TMD can include:
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain at the TMJ joint
- Difficulty when eating or swallowing
- Facial pain
- Neck, shoulder, or back pain
- Numbness in the arms or fingers
If you believe you may be affected by TMD, please contact Dental Professionals of Fair Lawn today. Our dentists can perform a comprehensive oral examination, diagnose the source of your discomfort, and offer treatment options that can relieve your symptoms.