Your temporomandibular joint is a crucial part of your facial structure. It is responsible for letting you open and close your mouth comfortably. However, due to constant teeth grinding or facial trauma, you can experience a severe disorder commonly referred to as Temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Everyone should know the signs so they can see an oral practitioner as soon as possible.
Most patients with this disorder experience substantial pain and tenderness around the jaw joint, neck, shoulders and face.
This pain can also extend into the ears. It is typically more pronounced when a person yawns or is chewing when they are eating. While over-the-counter pain relievers can help to an extent, the only way to handle the pain, in the long run, is to seek professional treatment.
This is a painful condition that makes it tough for people to open or close their mouths. A patient may need to avoid certain foods because he or she cannot open the mouth wide enough to consume it. Lockjaw can also occur as a result of tetanus, arthritis, and fibromyalgia, so it is vital to get tested to determine the root cause.
The pain around the jaw is often accompanied by popping, clicking or grating sounds. These noises generally occur any time you chew. It may or may not add to the discomfort, but it is annoying to listen to.
Finally, most people with a TMJ disorder will experience swelling on at least one side of the face. This is a result of the inflammation in the joint. An ice pack can help, but you should consult with a dentist if it remains persistent.
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For more information on temporomandibular joint dysfunction, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Duran. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Durán & Martínez Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry is here to answer any questions you might have about all things TMJ and dental related. We are currently located in the San Juan area in Puerto Rico to better assist you with your oral healthcare needs.