How Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Causes Pain

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tooth painIf you experience frequent facial pain behind your eyes or near a jaw’s joint, you should visit a dentist for a thorough examination. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a condition that can lead to pain in the jaw and face. You might have a problem with only one side of your jaw, or it is possible that both sides are affected by the condition. Having temporomandibular joint dysfunction can lead to having pain while you chew food or talk. You may feel discomfort radiating from a jaw’s joint all of the time or early in the morning. When jaw pain occurs in the morning, it is often caused by grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw throughout the night.

What Are The Symptoms of this Disorder?

There are several symptoms that occur from having temporomandibular joint disorder, including:

• Pressure and pain behind the eyes
• Headaches that begin in the morning
• Dizziness from compressed facial nerves
• Pain or ringing noises in the ears
• Clicking sounds from one or both jaw joints
• Diminished hearing
• Damage to the teeth

Things That Can Cause Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

It isn’t always easy for a dentist to understand whether you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction because the symptoms are different for each patient, and the symptoms can recede or get worse. To determine if you have the condition, a dentist can collect medical images of your mouth while it is closed and while you are talking or chewing food. Some individuals have this joint disorder because they were born with poor facial structure while other patients have crooked teeth that lead to a bad bite. Occasionally, temporomandibular joint dysfunction is caused by a trauma injury to the jaw.

Protect Your Teeth With Occlusal Splints

If you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, then you are more likely to develop osteoarthritis in the jawbone from abnormal wear and tear. In addition, grinding your teeth or having a bad bite can lead to dental problems such as chipped teeth. Having this condition can make it difficult to breathe, especially at night. In addition, you might develop sleep apnea that leads to disruptions of your normal breathing along with loud snoring. The inability to sleep normally can lead to constant fatigue that causes additional health problems. If you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, then a dentist can make custom-fitted occlusal splints to protect your teeth.

 
If you are having any pain in your face, jaw, or facial region call our office at  480-306-5506 to schedule an appointment today!

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