How do I know if I have TMJ?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, it may be an indication that you are suffering from TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder):
- Sounds like popping or clicking when you move your jaw
- An uneven bite (meaning that your teeth do not come together evenly when you bite down)
- Pain in your Temporomandibular Joint (your jaw joint)
- Facial and neck pain, headaches, pain in the shoulders
- Limited movement when opening or closing your mouth
- Grinding of teeth or bruxism
- Sensitive teeth
- Ringing in the ears
TMJ can be the result of arthritis or injury to the temporomandibular joint. It is also very commonly the result of an uneven dental bite because the jaw joint actually has to slip out of place in an attempt to make the upper and lower jaw meet properly.
This results in the symptoms mentioned above like teeth grinding and severe pain in the joint. The teeth involved may also become worn or cracked due to excess force as you bite down unevenly.
At Childs and Childs Dentistry, we can perform an exam to determine if you do have TMJ. If so, we can create a custom-made night guard (sometimes called a splint) that will help keep your upper and lower teeth from coming into contact and creating excess force on your teeth.