If you wake-up each morning with a headache or facial pain, then it is time to visit a dentist for an examination. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction can lead to earaches, sinus problems and irritation in the soft tissues of the mouth. While temporomandibular joint dysfunction is not life-threatening, it can disrupt the quality of your daily life, and in most cases, the condition gets progressively worse. You may not know that you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, but if you have unusual symptoms in your mouth or face, then visiting a dentist for an evaluation is a good plan.
You Can Experience Several Symptoms From Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
A cosmetic dentist can determine if your teeth have poor alignment or if your facial structure has abnormalities that are leading to temporomandibular joint dysfunction. When you suspect that you have this condition, maintain a daily diary of your symptoms to bring to your dentist’s office. Keep a record of when the symptoms occur along with how long the pain lasts. With this information, a dentist can perform a diagnostic examination using medical imaging to determine if there are structural problems inside your mouth. Here are some of the most common signs that occur with temporomandibular joint dysfunction:
• Dizziness – caused by chronic nerve pressure
• Headaches – caused by a poor bite or grinding the teeth at night
• Radiating pain – discomfort in the shoulders or neck
• Tinnitus – ringing in the ears that occurs occasionally
• Eye pain – pressure behind the eyes
• Hearing loss – diminished auditory acuity
• Pain in the teeth – after chewing food
• Popping sounds – strange sounds from one or both jaw joints
• Inability to open the mouth – jaw joint abnormality
How a Dentist Can Treat Your Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is frequently difficult to diagnose because the symptoms vary between each patient, but a knowledgeable dentist can determine if you have the condition in order to develop a personalized treatment plan. Without treatment, the condition will get worse, leading to additional degeneration of your jaw joints, disks and teeth. If your temporomandibular joint dysfunction is changing the alignment of your teeth, then you might experience dental health issues such as chipped enamel or excessive wear on the teeth.
At J. Phillips Centers for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Chandler, Ariz., we can treat temporomandibular joint dysfunction with protective mouth guards, Botox injections or orthodontic devices. Call (480) 306-5506 to schedule now!