TMJ disorder is a blanket term used to describe pain, discomfort or physical dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your mouth. Chronic TMJ disorder can have a significant impact on the function of your mouth as well as your overall quality of life. Identifying the symptoms and primary cause of your TMJ symptoms will help Dr. Dale Gallagher develop an effective treatment plan.
Individuals struggling with TMJ disorder often experience an ache near their temples or just in front of the ears. This is often due to chronic muscle tension resulting from clenching the jaw frequently or grinding the teeth. The discomfort can also be heightened by inflammation in the joints.
TMJ disorder symptoms also can include significant discomfort or moderate pain in the joints when biting down hard. This can often be related to inflammation that has built up in the joint or the early onset of arthritis in the temporomandibular joints.
Clicking in the joint when you chew is not a direct symptom of TMJ disorder. In some cases, it could be related to a natural and benign source. However, many people with professionally diagnosed TMJ disorder do also experience some degree of clicking in the joint.
If you’ve been experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms in Austin, Texas, you should call 512-258-1636 to schedule an appointment at Dale M. Gallagher, DDS.