Your temporomandibular joint is essential for opening and closing your mouth. When you use your jaw to eat, speak or yawn, your TMJ is responsible for allowing you to do that. Due to the fact that it is used constantly, there is the potential for it to become damaged. If you have any of the following symptoms, schedule a time to see our dentist in Corpus Christi, TX to see if you have a joint disorder and get the necessary treatment.
1. Pain Throughout the Upper Part of Your Body
A temporomandibular joint disorder is going to affect more than just your jaw. The pain can also become present through your head, shoulders, neck and ears. Pain is also going to be present whenever you try to chew or talk.
2. Issues Operating Your Jaw
Aside from discomfort, a TMJ disorder is also going to make it difficult in general for you to use your jaw. It might feel as though your jaw is locked or stuck in place whenever it is either opened or closed. It may also be impossible for you to open your mouth as wide as you could before. Another problem that can develop is that your jaw makes a clicking or popping sound any time you move it. Not only is the sound annoying, but it can also be quite painful.
3. Difference in Way Teeth Fit Together
Bite your teeth down together. They should fit together in a certain way that you are comfortable with. If you develop a TMJ disorder, your upper and lower jaws are not going to fit together properly. Take note of any changes so that you can explain them to your dentist later.
Contact Our Dentist
Temporomandibular joint disorders can be caused by several factors including stress or arthritis, but either way, you should schedule a time to visit the office of Dr. Tilman Richards. We can diagnose your condition and offer ways to relieve pain in your jaw. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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