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By Steinbach Dental
July 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj   jaw pain  

Find out if your jaw discomfort could be warning you of a TMJ disorder.jaw pain

You don’t know what’s going on but you know one thing is for certain: your jaws certainly feel achy and sore. Perhaps this has been going on for a while now or you’ve only been noticing it whenever you chew your food, but whatever is going on you know you need to get to the bottom of it. Let our Brookfield, WI, dentists Dr. Charles Steinbach, Dr. Thomas Steinbach and Dr. Elizabeth Sievers determine whether this pain could be caused by TMJ disorder.

What is TMJ disorder?

The jaws are connected to the skull via jaw joints, which help you to freely and comfortably move your jaws to yawn, speak and chew. Of course, if you are dealing with TMJ disorder then either or both of the jaw joints may not function properly, resulting in pain and other symptoms.

What are the symptoms I should be on the lookout for?

While jaw pain can be indicative of quite a few issues, one of the most common problems is TMJ disorder. In fact, is believed that millions of Americans deal with this condition. While the problem is often self-limiting, some people will experience intense jaw pain that may affect how they chew or speak. You may also hear popping noises whenever you yawn or open your mouth wide.

If your TMJ disorder is the result of teeth grinding or jaw clenching then you may even experience neck and shoulder pain and discomfort. You may find that your jaws often feel stiff and sore. The pain may even linger. If you are experiencing severe jaw pain or jaw pain that persists for over two weeks then it’s time to visit our Brookfield, WI, general dentist for a consultation.

What causes TMJ disorders?

While it isn’t always possible to pinpoint the cause of your TMJ disorder, jaw trauma, heredity and certain conditions like arthritis can certainly increase your chances of developing this jaw joint problem. If you are teeth grinder or jaw clencher you may also be more likely to suffer from this disorder; fortunately, symptoms will often go away with simple non-surgical treatments.

Don’t let a TMJ disorder affect you. Let Steinbach Dental in Brookfield, WI, help you on the path to recovery by calling us today and scheduling your consultation. Let us know what symptoms you are experiencing so we can better help you.