How do I know if I have TMJ?
If you have jaw pain, earaches, or headaches that seem to come out of nowhere, you might want to investigate whether or not you have issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The purpose of this joint is to enable you to open and close your mouth, and when this “hinge” doesn’t work correctly, it can result in painful conditions that can impact your quality of life. Chronic teeth-grinders often have issues with the TMJ because of the forceful clenching.
Signs of TMJ disorders include:
- Pain or tenderness in the joint that enables you to open and close your mouth
- Pain that seems like an earache but is related to the jaw
- Facial pain
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth, or locking of the joint
- Difficulty chewing or painful chewing
If you are experiencing any of the above issues, your first step should be to contact our Indianapolis, IN dental clinic to ask about TMJ disorders. Dr. Dane Uhl will conduct a thorough examination to check for signs of TMJ. He can offer some possible solutions to help eliminate your pain so you can get on with your life.
Remember that dental pain is never normal. Call German Church Road Family Dentistry to find out more about TMJ disorders, and we can help to relieve your pain.