You and TMJ: Not a Winning Combination

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Posted: October 1, 2016

You suffer from headaches and they are gaining in frequency. You have been to your family doctor and checked your eyes to no avail. You are at wit’s end trying to figure out what can be causing these headaches. Where else can you go? Head over to your dentist or contact Dr. Craig Carlson for a consultation.

Do you experience:

  • Frequent Headaches
  • Muscle pain in jaw, neck and shoulders
  • Popping sounds when you open and close your mouth
  • Jaw pain when you are biting, chewing or even speaking
  • Jaw locks or feels stuck
  • Your mouth won’t open very wide
  • Facial swelling
  • Ringing in the ears, which is called Tinnitus

As worrisome as it may be to feel this way, you are not alone. Research indicated that these symptoms are from a disorder known as TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The joint connects your jawbone to your skull, and if there is a dysfunction, it causes pain and discomfort. Over 10 million people in the United States experience TMJ disorder and 90% of them are women.

TMJ contains the joint socket and muscles that are utilized for chewing and speaking. When these joints become compromised, often as a result of trauma which can be from grinding your teeth, an accident causing a jaw injury, arthritis or clenching of the teeth, this disorder ensues.

Factors that cause TMJ:

  • Medical Conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia can cause TMJ.
  • A jaw injury.
  • Stress can cause a person to grind their teeth.
  • Vitamin Deficiencies have been found to be a factor in experiencing TMJ.

What to do if you are experiencing pain:

Contact 5 Star Denta Group and explain your symptoms. Our dentist will carefully evaluate your jaw to determine the cause of the TMJ disorder and pain. You do not have to suffer from this disorder. Contact Dr. Craig Carlson’s office as soon as possible to find out if neuromuscular dentistry is right for your needs. He can assist you in finding relief for the pains of TMJ.

If you live in the San Antonio area, we want to get you smiling again! Contact 5 Star Dental Group today online or at 210-494-3511 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Carlson.

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