TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorders are widespread and professional care isn’t always required for some who develop this condition. This is a condition of the jaw, the head, and neck and has a wide range of causes. For many TMJ sufferers, professional care is necessary, and putting it off can cause the condition and symptoms to become worse.

Signs & Symptoms of TMJ

Signs and symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Facial, jaw, or ear pain
  • Popping, clicking, or grating sounds when you move your jaw
  • Pain in the neck or shoulders
  • Jaw locking open or shut
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Pain while talking, chewing, or yawning
  • Hearing loss or tinnitus
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty opening your mouth all the way
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Vertigo symptoms

Causes of TMJ

The jaw and the surrounding areas are very complex and susceptible to many conditions similar to TMJ disorder. Common causes for this include:

  • Stress-related clenching or teeth grinding
  • Trauma to the face or jaw
  • Arthritis
  • Dental problems such as malocclusion
  • Infection

Treatments for TMJ

Viable home treatments for mild TMJ include applying ice, resting the jaw, eliminating stressors, etc. However, if your TMJ is persistent or acute, you should seek professional help as soon as possible. Acute symptoms may indicate an injury, infection, or a more serious condition that requires professional care.

If you are experiencing persistent or unbearable pain from TMJ disorder, you may require treatment from a professional provider to relieve the symptoms.

TMJ Treatment Near Me

If you have suffered from TMJ for weeks, months, or longer or are experiencing acute pain in the head, neck, or jaw, you should seek professional care. Get in touch with Shane Nelson DDS, Overland Park, to receive safe and effective treatment for TMJ disorder. Call us today at (913) 297-7800 for an appointment

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