A group of painful symptoms that affect your jaw joint and chewing muscles get lumped under the umbrella of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). The muscles in your jaw and face are intertwined. If your jaw is in misalignment, a series of uncomfortable symptoms, aches, and pains can arise from you head to your back, and everywhere in between. Do you suffer from unidentified neck pain? Farmington Hills TMJ expert, Dr. Aziza Askari, will speak more about the connection between neck pain and TMD.
Because the symptoms can appear on so many parts of the body other than directly at the jawbone, temporomandibular joint disorder can disguise itself as many other conditions. TMD affects about two times as many women as it does men. Among the symptoms of the disorder are pain, swelling, chronic stress, and the feeling of misalignment in the jaw.
TMJ Irritation and Neck Pain
Your jaw muscles run from one ear to the other, which means they interact with muscles in the neck. Your neck muscles are largely responsible for holding the spine in alignment. For this reason, any jaw distress can easily manifest in discomfort or pain in the neck and shoulders. The reason for this is that in order to enable you to open and close your mouth properly, your jaw muscles can sometimes end up working overtime. When these muscles become fatigued from excessive chewing or teeth grinding, for example, the pain can radiate down your neck and into your shoulders and back. If you have been experiencing unexplained pain in your shoulders and/or neck, there is a possibility that your TMJs are the source.
Help for TMJ Pain in Farmington Hills
If you are suffering from symptoms that you believe might be TMJ disorder, seek the help of a dentist that is an expert on the condition, like Dr. Askari. At Comfort Dental Spa, we can provide mouthguards and NTI-tss devices to ease TMJ discomfort. You can contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)566-6490. We proudly meet the general dentistry needs of patients in Farmington Hills and surrounding communities.