Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, also known as TMJ, consists of problems involving facial muscles of the lower jawbone. Damage to the muscles or jawbone can result in a locked jaw or clicking and popping that occurs whenever a patient yawns or chews. People who suffer from TMJ often have frequent headaches, neck pain, and ringing in the ears. In severe cases, TMJ can even result in hearing loss. Coweta Family Dental is proud to offer TMJ treatment options to patients in Coweta, Wagoner, Haskell and the surrounding areas of Oklahoma.
TMJ is Sometimes Caused By trauma or excessive wear. This wear often occurs because of repeated grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw. Trauma can also occur during an accident that involves impact to the jaw area. It is occasionally a result of osteoarthritis, which is a breakdown of cartilage in the joints. It can also be a result of rheumatoid arthritis, which involves inflammation to the joints.
People Who Are Affected by Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome may experience pain in the lower jaw, or muscle spasms may occur whenever they eat, chew, or talk. The pain may radiate from the lower jaw into the neck and shoulders. This can lead to headaches, dizziness, or popping in the ears. When opening the mouth widely, the jaw may have a tendency to lock into place. Some patients have difficulty chewing on the side that is affected by TMJ.
Dr. Warlick can Usually Determine if a patient is suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome by performing a physical examination. During this exam, he may check for clicking and popping noises in the lower jaw. Dr. Warlick might check the patient’s range of motion when opening and closing the mouth. He may also check to see if the teeth are affected by crossbites or overbites, as these are all signs of this condition. TMJ syndrome is often confirmed by taking x-rays.
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