Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) play an important role in your bite’s function. In fact, they’re the two large joints that make it possible for your lower jaw to move. When one or both of your TMJs are distressed, however, your bite’s movement and function can become difficult and painful. If you experience chronic jaw pain, then the best way to find relief may be to visit your dentist for a professional exam. After diagnosing your TMJ disorder, he can recommend an appropriate treatment plan to restore your bite’s harmony and alleviate your chronic discomfort.
What Does TMJ Disorder Mean?
TMJ disorder can describe a variety of different specific conditions, but the common thread among them all is that they involve damage, inflammation, misalignment, and/or other complications with one or both of your jaw joints. Such complications can grow worse the longer they’re left untreated, and the discomfort and damage to your jaw will grow more severe, as well.
Other Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
In addition to TMJs and jaw muscles, your bite’s function is also controlled by your large trigeminal nerve, which rests close to your TMJs. When your jaw joints are in trouble, they can aggravate the trigeminal nerve, which can lead to a host of issues besides jaw pain, such as:
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Recurring pain and ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
- Popping and clicking jaw joints when you open and close your mouth
- Uncontrollable teeth-grinding (also known as bruxism)
- And more
Get Relief from Jaw Pain with TMJ Treatment
Chronic jaw pain, headaches, and earaches are just a few of the many symptoms that could indicate TMJ disorder. To learn more about how to find relief with TMJ treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.