One of the things that make temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) difficult to diagnose is that they have so many symptoms. These symptoms overlap with other common conditions, leading to misdiagnosis. They can also be hard to link together, so many people in Warren and Detroit might not realize that the symptoms they’re suffering from might be linked to a single condition.
The Warren TMJ dentists at the Michigan Head & Neck Institute want to help people get treatment for TMJ before it requires invasive surgical treatment. If you experience these symptoms, you should get tested for TMJ.
Jaw and Facial Pain
Jaw pain is one of the most commonly reported symptoms of TMJ. There are several different types of TMJ, and they can cause several different types of jaw pain.
The most common type of TMJ-related jaw pain is muscle pain. In TMJ, your jaw often can’t find a comfortable resting position for your muscles, which keeps them straining until they experience soreness and pain. Since jaw muscles underlie much of your face, this often feels like facial pain.
TMJ can also cause jaw pain in the jaw joint. Without healthy, balanced function, TMJ can cause painful degeneration of the jaw joints. Sometimes, too, in TMJ, your jaw pinches or rubs against a nerve, leading to a sharp, stabbing pain or even tingling or numbness in your face.