TMJ syndrome is a disorder of part of the jaw called the temporomandibular joint. TMJ syndrome can be caused by injury, misalignment, poor posture, stress, gum chewing, teeth grinding, and arthritis. If you are concerned that you may have TMJ syndrome, read through the following questions. If you answer ‘yes’ to a majority of them, then you should come in and speak with your Smithville dentist right away.
Do you get headaches frequently?
Do your neck or shoulders often hurt?
Do you have crooked or crowded teeth?
Do you have an overbite?
Are your teeth sensitive, loose, or broken?
Do you experience stuffiness, pressure, or pain in your ears?
Is there a ringing or buzzing sound in one or both of your ears?
Do you ever experience vertigo?
Do you hear a grating sound in your jaw?
Are your jaws stiff and hard to open?
Does your jaw ache after eating?
Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite food?
When you chew, do you hear popping, clicking, or crackling sounds?
Do you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep or when you feel stressed?
When you wake up in the morning, are your facial muscles sore?
Have you experienced an injury to the jaw recently?
Do you suffer from depression or fatigue that seems to be related to any of the above symptoms?
If you answered ‘yes’ to most of these questions, then you may have TMJ syndrome. Fortunately, at Smithville Family Dentistry, we are very familiar with TMJ syndrome, and can help to diagnose and address your problem. Contact your Smithville dentist today to learn more about treatment options.