TMJ disorder symptoms vary wildly among patients. Some patients may be completely unaware that they have TMJ dysfunction. In some cases, Dr. Askari detects TMJ dysfunction during dental checkups when she finds signs of bruxism among the back molars. Unfortunately, some patients experience chronic and severe pain from TMJ disorders. People between the ages of 20 and 40 often suffer from TMJ dysfunction and typically the disorder affects more women than men.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
- Facial pain – this includes discomfort near the jawbone, the muscles surrounding the mouth, and the area around the ears
- Discomfort when eating, chewing, talking, and/or opening the mouth
- Difficulty opening the mouth to its widest position
- Facial swelling – especially near the jawbone
- Clicking or popping noises when the mouth opens and closes. Sometimes patients may experience popping and clicking of the jawbone without pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Earaches or ringing in the ears
- Headaches (including migraines)
- Difficulty hearing
- Bruxism – grinding, scraping, and gnashing of the teeth
- Noticeably worn down teeth – especially among the back molars
- Feelings of fatigue among the facial muscles. This is because your facial muscles are “working against the grain” to correct misalignment
- Chronic Snoring and/or Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The symptoms associated with TMJ disorders reverberate throughout the body. Your facial muscles, working to correct the problem tire, send signals to the brain that create sensations of pain. Your brain transmits these signals to other muscle groups to relieve the fatigued muscles around your jawbone and face. Eventually, TMJ dysfunction disrupts the natural flow of energy in your body and your body concentrates its focus on correcting the misalignment of your jawbones. As your entire body is devoting energy to the dysfunction occurring with your jaw alignment, patients often experience a change in posture. As a proponent of oral-systemic health, Dr. Askari firmly believes that TMJ dysfunction not only negatively affects the facial area, but also the entire body. This is why she takes a comprehensive approach when it comes to treating TMJ disorders.
If you believe you have TMJ disorder, contact Dr. Askari at (248) 566-6490 to schedule an appointment at Comfort Dental Spa. Dr. Askari is committed to providing comprehensive care to her patients. Our staff serves residents of Farmington Hills, Southfield, Northfield, Livonia, Dearborn, and the surrounding Detroit communities.