TMJ is sometimes described as the great imposter because its numerous and diverse symptoms allow it to be confused with many medical conditions. Although straightforward symptoms like jaw pain, teeth wear, and headaches are common, less common symptoms include tingling in the fingers and back pain.
There are so many TMJ symptoms that self-diagnosis can be very misleading. The best way to learn whether you are suffering from TMJ is to schedule a consultation with a Centennial area neuromuscular dentist. Please call 303-759-5652 or email Park Meadows Dental Care today for your appointment.
What are TMJ Symptoms?
There are many symptoms that are common to TMJ. These include:
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Facial pain
- Jaw popping, clicking, or grinding
- Restricted or irregular jaw motion
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or ear pain
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Uneven tooth wear
- Tooth pain without decay
- Upper back pain
- Tingling in the fingers
You may have one or a few of these symptoms, and often the pattern of which ones you get doesn’t seem to make any sense. However, these symptoms are all connected.
How Are TMJ Symptoms Connected?
Jaw pain and related dental symptoms all make sense as being related to TMJ, but it can be hard to understand how an imbalance in the jaw joint can cause all the other symptoms. However, it’s actually very simple. The jaw joint is a complex joint that exists in a very complex area. The temporomandibular joint is right near the intersection of your airway, your neck, your ears, and one of the most important nerves feeding information to your brain, the trigeminal nerve.
Muscles in the jaw partner with other muscles in the head and neck. When jaw muscles experience stress, they pass that stress on to the muscles they partner with. This can result in tension headaches and neck pain. The imbalanced jaw can also put pressure on the trigeminal nerve, which is thought to be the trigger point for migraines.
The ear is so close to the temporomandibular joint that the ear canal actually changes shape depending on the position of your jaw. The delicate organs for hearing and balance are located inside the temporal bone, where the jawbone meets the skull.
When the jawbone is out of balance, it is in a perfect position to wreak havoc on many of your body’s delicate systems.
Fortunately, this also means that TMJ treatment has the ability to simultaneously resolve all these symptoms. To learn whether TMJ treatment can help your symptoms, please contact Park Meadows Dental Care in Centennial for an appointment.