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Pain in the jaw joint, also called temporomandibular joint, is extreme. If left untreated, this can become a major obstacle to your overall oral health, and may require surgical correction to provide relief in extreme cases. If patients speak to a dentist about treating these symptoms early, it’s almost always possible to reverse the negative effects of the disease.

Early Signs and Symptoms

If you believe that you have TMJ but have never been diagnosed with it, look for these warning signs and speak to a dentist about anything that you experience: 

  • Jaw clicking
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Pain in the jaw joints
  • Stiffness in the neck and face

These symptoms may grow into more serious issues including broken teeth and a history of migraines if left unchecked. To avoid problems due to the gap in your face, broken teeth often require replacement. If untreated, this condition may alter your oral health balance entirely. When you experience symptoms, don’t wait to discuss them with a doctor.

Treating Problems with the Temporomandibular Joint

Fortunately for mild cases diagnosis is easy. If your dentist identifies that you have TMJ, then a fitted bite splint or another oral brace is the first alternative most patients should consider. Alongside it, pain medication or antidepressants may also be prescribed to help relieve stress and the condition-related pain.

Don’t expect your oral health to improve on it’s own. Patients suffering from TMJ have multiple treatments. That means you should call today for an appointment with Dr. Tilman Richards office in Corpus Christi, TX if you experience any of the above symptoms. 

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