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What Are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?

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The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the most complex joint system in your body. They are found on either side of your lower jaw (mandible) and connect it to the base and side of your skull (temporal bone). These joints work together with your muscles and ligaments to move the jaw back and forth, up and down and side to side. Any misalignment with these structures can create problems with moving your jaw smoothly and may lead to TMJ disorder.

Raymond G. Hatland, DDS, was the premier TMJ dentist in Fort Knox, where he treated dozens of patients and was published on the contributing causes and symptoms of these disorders. He specializes in compression disorders and combines his foundational knowledge of TMJ treatment with the holistic techniques of dental kinesiology. He utilizes your body’s intelligence to improve TMJ disorders, bruxism (teeth grinding) and related headaches. He continues to offer thorough TMJ treatment to his Chicago and Indianapolis patients.

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

TMJ disorders are linked to chronic facial pain and broken into three subsets: Myofascial pain involves discomfort and functional problems with the connective tissues (fascia) over the muscles controlling the jaw, neck and shoulder. Internal joint derangement is another type of TMJ disorder, typically caused by excessive strain on the TMJ or trauma to the head, neck or jaw. Joint derangement may include a dislocated jaw or a displaced disk (the cartilage that cushions the space between the skull and jawbone) and condyle injury (the spherical end of the jawbone). Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is commonly thought to be a contributing factor to TMJ disorders, but the causes of TMJ are unclear overall and vary from patient to patient.

Degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the third form of TMJ disorders. However, you may have more than one of these types. People with irritable bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia seem to experience worse TMJ symptoms, which include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Sore jaw in the morning or late afternoon
  • Headaches
  • Facial pain behind the eyes
  • Back, shoulder and neck discomfort
  • Earaches
  • Tinnitus (ringing ears)
  • Jaw popping or clicking
  • Lockjaw
  • Limited mouth motion
  • Clenching or grinding teeth (bruxism)
  • Tooth sensitivity (that is not related to poor oral health)
  • Finger tingling or numbness
  • Changes in your bite
  • Dizziness

Schedule a Neuromuscular Evaluation with Dr. Hatland

If you believe you may have a TMJ disorder, Dr. Hatland can help you find relief from your symptoms. To request an appointment with Dr. Hatland, please contact our practice today. You can reach our Chicago office by calling (773) 338-4440 or our Indianapolis office by calling (317) 257-0794.