TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) Disorder
Do You Have any of the following symptoms?
- Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
- Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
- Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
- Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
- Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
- Does your jaw click, pop, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
- Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat, or yawn?
- Have you ever injured your neck, head, or jaws?
- Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
- Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
- Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
- Is is hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
- Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?
If you answered “yes”, to any of the above questions, you may have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help you to understand how they are treated. Often times, the earlier the diagnosis, the better the prognosis and more successful the treatment.