Cupertino Dentist Explores TMJ Discomfort

young girl jaw painDoes your jaw hurt? Do you hear a popping or clicking noise when you open and/or close your mouth? TMJ disorder is a jaw dysfunction that inhibits the mouth’s movement and causes a wide range of discomfort by afflicting the jaw’s joints. Unfortunately, the symptoms of TMJ disorder are diverse enough that diagnosing the malady is often difficult. To help determine if your chronic discomfort is TMJ related, your Cupertino dentist, Dr. Randall LaFrom, explores TMJ disorder’s common causes and symptoms.

Trouble with Jaw Movement

The lower jaw hinges on the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that connect the mandible to the skull and move together as the jaw opens and closes. Like hinges on a door, jaw joints can become damaged if the jaw isn’t aligned properly, or if the joints are placed under an excessive amount of pressure. Crooked teeth, a congenital jaw defect, or a traumatic injury can disturb a bite’s natural balance, forcing the jaw to work extra hard to remain straight while biting and chewing. Bruxism, the common habit of grinding teeth, can strain jaw joints and lead to TMJ disorder, as well. Typically, finding relief from TMJ discomfort requires correcting the issue that’s causing the disorder to allow the joints to heal.

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

Jaw pain and stiffness can hint at the possibility of TMJ disorder, but the addition of other, seemingly unrelated symptoms often camouflage TMJ disorder’s presence. Aside from jaw discomfort, other TMJ disorder symptoms include (but are not limited to);

  • Pain and soreness in the face, mouth, jaw, and neck
  • Discomfort in the shoulders and back
  • Chronic earaches and ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
  • Severe, recurring headaches/migraines
  • Jaw and facial muscle tiredness, fatigue

Treat TMJ Disorder at Your Cupertino Dentist’s Office

If you exhibit any combination of TMJ disorder symptoms and have been unable to obtain an accurate diagnosis, then TMJ treatment may help you finally find relief. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. LaFrom by calling your Cupertino dentist’s office today at (408) 996-8595. Located in the 95014 area, we proudly serve patients from Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and the surrounding communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on February 3, 2014.

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