You have temporomandibular joints (TMJs) on either side of the jaw, which allows it to move sideways and up and down when using your mouth. You may not even remember having these two important joints when everything works fine. However, several reasons can inflame or injure these joints, resulting in TMJ disorder that causes headaches, jaw pain, and other undesirable symptoms. Bearley Dental in Charlottesville, Virginia, can analyze your symptoms to provide the best treatment option for long-lasting relief.
Headaches can make your life miserable. Unfortunately, headaches can be caused by many factors, so knowing that TMJ disorder is the exact cause can be tricky. While you can only know you have TMJ pain after a proper diagnosis by a dentist, certain symptoms can hint at your condition. It’s also vital to note that TMJ disorder symptoms vary from patient to patient.
Typical symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
Although some TMJ disorder symptoms can go away independently, persistent discomfort calls for medical attention. The severity of your condition will dictate the most suitable treatment, although surgical intervention isn’t necessary for most cases.
After diagnosis, our dental team may recommend one or a combination of the following treatments:
Without proper treatment, TMJ disorder can severely reduce your quality of life.