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If you are experiencing or have experienced soreness in your jaw, you may be feeling symptoms of TMJ disorder. TMJ is your temporomandibular joint, which is found in your face and acts like a hinge for your jawbone. If you are experiencing symptoms, it is common to have trouble eating, talking, and opening your mouth. If your daily pain includes struggling to move your jaw, you should seek help from a dental professional.

There are home checks you can perform before you seek treatment from a dentist for TMJ disorder. Once you go to consult with a dentist on if you have TMJ, they will complete a series of testing to determine whether or not TMJ is in fact the disorder being experienced. Here are some of the tests your you may undergo to figure out if you are dealing with TMJ issues.

  • your dentist will use their fingers to apply a bit of pressure to the jaw and TMJ to test for tenderness and pain
  • they will listen for popping and clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth
  • your dentist will look inside your mouth for signs of teeth grinding, clenching and alignment issues. They’ll also use X-Rays, if they’ve found evidence of a TMJ disorder.

Before you consult with your dentist, you may want to do checks you can perform on yourself. This will rule out if your symptoms are comparable to TMJ disorder symptoms. When you are checking for TMJ symptoms, it is important to focus on the specific part of your jaw, where you can feel the main movement of your mouth opening and closing. If you touch your cheek, near your ear, you will be able to feel the exact spot the movement occurs.

If you notice at least one of the above symptoms, even infrequently, it’s a good idea to mention it to your dentist. This will ensure they are keeping an eye on it in the future.

Call your dentist to schedule a consultation to find out if you are experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms. Your dentist will be able to walk you through about your treatment options if you are truly experiencing TMJ pain.

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