Three signs that you may have a jaw disorder

1. Tired of suffering from headaches?

Those unexpected migraines that you experience and the other pain that you feel in your head might be the result of a jaw disorder. TMJ is one of the more common types of jaw disorders, and it often occurs because of some type of trauma to the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull.

If you have a single missing tooth or several missing teeth, you might experience more pain in your head. TMJ can cause pain in your head that radiates down into your neck, shoulders or even back.

2. Feeling pain in your jaw?

Jaw pain is another symptom of TMJ. Some patients experience pain localized around the temporomandibular joint, but others experience pain that moves down along the jaw and through their gums and teeth.

Grinding your teeth can lead to TMJ, and you can even experience symptoms without knowing that you grind your teeth, as many people do it while sleeping.

Other causes include rheumatoid arthritis and other joint conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint, a dislocated joint or stress. As you clench your teeth during periods of high stress or anxiety, you increase the tightness of your muscles, which puts strain on the joints in your neck. 

3. Enduring ear and face pain?

The TMJ symptoms that you experience may include both ear pain and face pain. The nerves in the human body connect to the larger nervous system, and trauma to one area can lead to symptoms appearing in other parts of the body.

With TMJ disorder, the pressure that you put on your jaw causes added stress to the nerves that lead to the ear. Patients can experience a small amount of pain that fluctuates throughout the day or intense pain that lasts for hours.

Other symptoms can include vertigo, dizziness and ringing in the ears. The nerve connections can also lead to different types of facial pain, including pain located around your eyes, near your cheekbones or closer to your mouth.

Don’t be worried about TMJ

The neck pain that you feel might indicate a problem with your jaw, especially if you also suffer from pain in your face, head and jaw. If you would like to learn more about TMJ and whether you have the disorder, please take advantage of my complimentary consultation. Once you determine the source of your pain you will be on your way to finding and effective way to treat it.