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The Top 5 Signs You May Need TMJ/TMD Treatment

If you are having mysterious jaw problems, like soreness, radiating pain or headaches, you may need TMJ treatment in Janesville.

TMJ/TMD, short for “temporomandibular joint disorder” refers to a number of different issues that can be caused by damage, inflammation, or improper function of the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull, and it’s located directly underneath your ear.

There are many reasons that TMJ can occur. If you clench or grind your teeth, chew a lot of gum, or you have an improper bite, you could be putting excessive stress on the joint. TMJ can also be caused by inflammatory diseases like arthritis, or from direct damage to the joint from an impact injury.

Here are the top 5 signs that you may have TMJ and should see Dr. Dreier, Dr. Connie Winter, or Dr. Jim Winter for diagnosis and treatment:

1. “Clicking” Or “Popping” Sounds When Moving Your Jaw

The operation of the temporomandibular joint is very precise. If it’s not functioning properly and smoothly, you may hear “clicking” and “popping” sounds, especially if you try to open your mouth wide. This is one of the most common signs of TMJ, and it’s easily recognizable.

2. Significant Jaw Pain, Aching Or Stiffness

The temporomandibular joint is essential for the proper operation of the jaw. Because of this, when it is not functioning properly, you may experience pain, stiffness, and aching in the other muscles of your jaw. While these issues alone are not enough to diagnose TMJ, they are key symptoms that may indicate a dysfunction of your temporomandibular joint.

3. Headaches And Pain Radiating From Underneath Your Ear

If you are experiencing headaches and migraines, and you feel pain that is coming from underneath your ear, this is a sure sign that something is not right with your temporomandibular joint. You may feel “pins and needles” or a throbbing ache from underneath your ear, right where the joint connects your jaw to your skull.

4. Your Jaw Locks Or Gets Stuck In A Certain Position

In more extreme cases of TMJ, you may not be able to close your mouth, and your jaw could get stuck or locked in a certain position. This means the joint is severely out of alignment, and cannot move properly. If you feel your jaw locking or “sticking”, make an appointment at Dreier Family Dental as soon as you can.

5. You Have Trouble Opening Your Mouth Wide

If you have TMJ, all of the above symptoms may become worse if you try to open your mouth wide. If you feel pain, stiffness, or hear popping and clicking noises when opening your mouth to yawn, for example, you could be suffering from TMJ.

Know The Symptoms – And When To Get Help

Some minor cases of TMJ can be resolved on their own or with minor lifestyle changes. However, if you have experienced one or more of the above symptoms, chances are that you will need diagnosis and professional treatment from Dreier Family Dental to resolve your case.

Our doctors are experts at diagnosing and treating TMJ. We can examine your mouth, help you understand the cause of your TMJ, and recommend the appropriate treatment steps, giving you relief from your pain and discomfort. Contact us now at (608) 752-2931, or come to our office at 2203 Holiday Dr., Janesville, WI 53545 to schedule an appointment in person.

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