Stay Alert For These Signs Of TMJ Dysfunction As Explained By Our Chapel Hill TMJ Dentists

by Dr. Diane Hourigan | Date Published: 2017-06-06

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction can make it difficult for patients to get through their daily routines, and it can leave patients at risk of developing a number of additional oral health issues. The good news is that TMJ issues can be effectively addressed with professional treatment. The sooner that you’re able to identify TMJ issues and seek treatment, the better your long-term prognosis. So, today our Chapel Hill TMJ dentists are reviewing some TMJ red flags. Let’s get started!

Your temporomandibular joints are the joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. When your TMJs are healthy, you’re able to speak, chew, and emote fully and comfortably. If your TMJs are damaged and/or inflamed, you’ll likely experience discomfort as well functional problems.

· One of the first TMJ issues that you may notice is that your jaw is making clicking or popping noises when you chew. You may even be able to feel that your jaw joint is popping in and out of place.

· TMJ patients are also prone to suffering from headaches as well as other types of maxillofacial pain.

· Over time, you may even notice that it’s difficult for you to open your mouth all of the way when trying to bite or chew. This manifests as a “locking” sensation that may or may not be uncomfortable.

· Long-term, untreated TMJ can actually lead to shifting dental alignment. You may find that your bite changes, and that your dental enamel wears unevenly, as you make allowances for bite deficiencies.

Our Chapel Hill TMJ Dentists offer effective and patient-friendly treatment options for temporomandibular joint problems. The easiest way to get started is to schedule a consultation with our dental team; we’ll assess your current oral health situation, and help you figure out what types of TMJ solutions may be able to help you. Give us a call to get started!