Did you realize that your jaw is in motion a majority of the time that you’re awake? Even if you aren’t chewing, you may be clenching your teeth, smiling, or talking. All of these activities move your jaw around. Much like everything else having to do with your mouth, when it has a problem, it’s hard to ignore, and it will affect your most basic activities.

What is TMJ Disorder?

“TMJ” is a far simpler way of talking about the temporomandibular joint. You have one of these sliding hinges on either side of your jaw. It connects your jawbone to your skull and can create pain in the muscles that control the jaw and the jaw itself.

It can be difficult to determine just what causes TMJ disorders. Studies show that it’s usually a unique combination of jaw injury, arthritis, and genetics. We also see TMJ disorders crop up in people who grind or clench their teeth. However, there are many people who grind their teeth and never suffer TMJ disorders.

Do You Have a TMJ Disorder? 

The following are symptoms common for TMJ disorders:

  • Aching pain around and inside the ear
  • Tenderness and/or pain in your jaw
  • Facial pain
  • Trouble or pain when chewing
  • Discomfort in one or both of the TMJs
  • A grating sensation or clicking noises when chewing or opening your mouth

If you’re dealing with a TMJ order, there’s good news: the disorder is usually temporary, and it’s possible to relieve it using special care strategies. Some sufferers do end up having surgery, but it’s a last resort. It is generally completely possible to alleviate a TMJ disorder without an operation.

Contact Smile Designers in Longmont

We are proud to specialize in bringing comfort to the people of Longmont, Colorado, and surrounding communities,  providing in-depth knowledge and expertise to improve your oral health. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, or any discomfort in your mouth, please contact our dental office today for an appointment!