Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are located on the left and right sides of your jaw, just in front of your ears. These joints are surrounded by muscles and ligaments that can become strained by overuse. Common causes of TMJ tension include excessive stress, trauma to the jaw, and teeth grinding or clenching at night. If you think TMJ tension may be causing your unpleasant symptoms, it may be time to visit a doctor who specializes in treating TMJ in Michigan.
Symptoms of TMJ Problems
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Some include:
- A strange clicking or popping noise when you open your mouth or move your jaw from side to side
- Discomfort around your jaw joint, face, neck and/or shoulders when you move your mouth to speak or eat
- A numb or tired feeling in the muscles around your face
- Swelling near the jaw joint
- Difficulty chewing or a sudden change in the way your teeth fit together
- “Lock-jaw”, a condition that occurs when the jaw becomes stuck in an open or closed position
- Frequent toothaches
- Tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
- Trouble swallowing
- Feeling of fullness in the ear
TMJ neck pain is also common, as are TMJ eye symptoms that can include blurred vision and light sensitivity. If you have any of these problems, or if you’ve developed hearing problems and frequent headaches, you may have TMJ issues that should be addressed as soon as possible.
Whenever possible, we try to use the least-invasive means possible to treat TMJ in Michigan. These include corrective orthotic devices that are worn at night and help keep the jaw in place, physical therapy techniques and pain-relieving injections. Surgery may be recommended for severe cases of TMJ if conservative approaches are not effective.
If you’re experiencing TMJ neck pain or other symptoms, please contact our office by phone or through our online form. We look forward to relieving your symptoms through gentle and effective treatment methods.