2005-01-06 / Medical

Symptoms Of TMJ

Gary S. Rafal, D.D.S.

  • Facial pain may be the result of many factors, some of them dental. Lately, attention has been focused on problems surrounding the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which controls movement of the lower jaw.
  • Problems in the TMJ area can affect anyone, but they are more common in women. There may be pain in front of the ear, in the throat, or over the jaw or temple area. Chewing may be painful, and opening the mouth wide may be difficult or impossible.

    Many times the problem is not in the joint itself, but in the muscles and ligaments surrounding it. Grinding of the teeth during sleep can be a triggering factor. A bad bite or emotional stress may also bring on the problem.

    Your dentist will routinely check for TMJ problems, but if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should certainly bring it to your dentist’s attention.

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