The temporomandibular joint lets you close and open your mouth comfortably. If you experience chronic pain around your face, jaw, mouth or ears, you know something is wrong with that. This pain is called temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ. 

 

Additionally, when you move your jaw, you might experience chewing problems, muscle spasms or popping sounds. You should have a dentist seek prompt treatment before the situation gets worse. 

1. Fractured Teeth

Joint disorders are commonly caused by continual grinding and teeth clenching. You may even grind while asleep so you don't even realize what you're doing. Constant pressure on the teeth can cause them to chip and break over time, eroding both oral health and confidence. This will require the use of bridges or crowns to reinforce the impacted teeth.

2. Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a condition in which a person experiences almost constant buzzing in the ears or ringing. Given the location of the jaw joint near the ears, experts believe that a disorder may impact nearby hearing bones. Additionally, joint disorders may exacerbate problems for people who already have experience with tinnitus.

3. Insomnia

Constant migraines and pain around the jaw can impact the quality of a person's sleep. A person with a regular pattern might not be able to fall asleep. The condition can also increase a person's risk of developing cortisol rhythms and sleep apnea. 

 

The seriousness of the problem can also be affected by your sleeping position. Patients with TMJ are recommended to sleep on their backs to get adequate support for their heads and necks. 

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When you visit Dr. Saunders' office in Harrisonburg, Virginia for TMJ treatment, you can alleviate the constant discomfort. Depending on the severity of your exact case, our dentist may suggest relaxation exercises, cortisone shots or an occlusal night guard. Time a rendezvous today to explore your options.