If you think the only dental problem to worry about is a cavity, think again. Besides gum disease, you also need to worry about your jaw and its joints. After all, you only use your teeth when you use your jaw. So when you start to experience jaw discomfort or difficulty opening your mouth, you need to call our Plymouth, MI office at 734-404-7336 so Dr. Callow can determine if you are experiencing any TMJ disorder symptoms.
Watch For These Problems
The symptom most people experience is jaw pain. Normally, you would only feel some discomfort around the jaw or neck when you have chewed constantly for a lot of time. But when you have TMD, you experience some discomfort either whenever you use your jaw (such as when eating) or more-or-less constantly. The pain can come or go, but it never disappears entirely.
Along the same lines, ear pain (either inside or around it) can be a TMJ symptom. That’s because the jaw muscles creating the problem stress out nearby muscles as well. The same is true for facial pain or headaches, and migraines are not unheard of.
Because the problem lies in the joints and their muscles, another symptom is difficulty open or closing your mouth. While lockjaw is certainly possible, this usually means just some trouble doing it normally. You might also hear a clicking or popping noise when you use your jaw, especially when opening your mouth wide.
But you should know that sometimes there are no clear symptoms at all! That’s why getting a regular but thorough dental exam is so important. A highly trained dentist like Dr. Callow can sometimes spot TMJ problems before they get bad enough to cause pain.
Get Rid Of Jaw Pain & Discomfort
How does someone get this disorder? That part is not clear yet, but it has something to do with stress. Your muscles tighten when very stressed or anxious, and since your jaw joints are connected to muscles, they tense up as well. You can do this without realizing it, spending way too much time with a clenched jaw. This puts so much stress on your TMJ that they cannot heal on their own.
Dr. Callow has several TMJ treatment options to help with TMJ disorder symptoms.
- Bite splints help change how your teeth come together when you bite, which in turn can stop putting so much stress on your TMJ.
- Occlusal guards cover some of your teeth as well and can be used to let your jaw joints relax and heal naturally.
- Snore guards are very similar to occlusal guards but can also help you stop snoring at night.
- NTI-tss® devices are specifically designed to treat headaches and migraines by reducing the strain you put on your jaw joints.
These can often help with teeth grinding, another cause of TMJ disorder symptoms.
TMD is a problem because it rarely gets better on its own. That means your pain will just get worse over time. Call Douglas A. Callow, D.D.S. today at 734-404-7336 or schedule an appointment through our online form.