How are patients in Kirkland, WA identifying symptoms of a TMJ disorder
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, operates as a sliding axis connecting your jawbone to your skull.
There are several problems which can begin to surface with the TMJ that may cause anything from mild discomfort to far more serious complications. If you have reason to believe that you are experiencing an issue with your temporomandibular joint, you should give Dr. Ann Kelley and her team at Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, WA a call so that you can be checked out.
TMJ disorders can be caused by factors such as genetics or arthritis, among others. Fortunately, in many cases, TMJ disorders are temporary and can be treated through self-management and non-invasive, non-surgical methods.
It’s important for you to have a basic understanding of some of the symptoms which could be pointing to a TMJ disorder. The sooner you can recognize a symptom of TMJ, the sooner you can get it looked at and treated. Some symptoms of TMJ include:
- Pain/Tenderness of the jaw
- Pain/Tenderness in one of both of your TMJ
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Chewing is difficult and painful
- Facial pains/aches
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth due to the joint locking
You may also be able to identify a TMJ disorder through audible clicking of the jaw or grating sensations when you chew or open your mouth. If there is no pain/discomfort or movement limitations, you can probably take comfort I knowing this is not a TMJ disorder. You should continue to monitor your situation though, just in case.
Causes of TMJ
TMJ disorders may occur when:
- The disk moves out of proper position/alignment
- Arthritis damages the joint’s cartilage
- There is damage to the joint due to impact
There are other reasons for TMJ disorders to surface, but these tend to be the most common. If you believe you are experiencing any symptoms of a TMJ disorder, you should give Dr. Ann Kelley at Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, WA a call. She is available for you to discuss any TMJ problems you are facing as well as possible treatment options. Give her a call today at (425) 385-0080 to schedule an appointment.