Temporomandibular joint or TMJ disorders require the immediate attention of a TMJ treatment specialist. Sadly, most patients that suffer from the disorder tend to ignore the popping, cracking, and sometimes pain that they feel around their jaw thinking that it is nothing. Many are under the assumption that as long as the pain is manageable, it can be ignored.
At our clinic, Arlington Advanced Dental Care, Dr. Hossein Ahmadian, DDS urges patients to get TMJ treatment as soon as possible to avoid future complications. For those who are unsure whether or not they need to see a TMJ specialist, these are the most common signs and symptoms of the disorder:
Common Causes Of TMJ
There are many reasons why a patient may suffer from the disorder. Two of the most common causes of TMJ noted by experts are trauma to the face or jaw area and teeth grinding. Trauma may cause the alignment of the jaw to skew, resulting in the disorder. Teeth grinding and clenching on the other hand causes straining on the jaw which leads to developing TMJ if the habit is not corrected.
The Signs And Symptoms Of TMJ
There are many signs and symptoms associated with the disorder and they can be felt on one or both sides of the jaw. Patients may only notice one symptom while others can suffer from a combination of the following:
Jaw Muscle Stiffness, Followed By Lockjaw
A TMJ specialist will often treat patients with TMJ because their jaw muscles have become stiff. The stiffness will lead to pain when trying to open and close the mouth, especially when eating. If this symptom is not treated by a professional the discomfort and pain will only get worse for the patient.
Since the patient is having trouble opening their mouth, stiffness is soon followed by lockjaw. The limited or even lack of jaw movement is a major TMJ symptom that should never be ignored.
Jaw Clicking And Popping Noises
One of the very first and often seen as harmless symptoms of TMJ seen here at Arlington Advanced Dental Care, Dr. Hossein Ahmadian, DDS is the clicking and popping of the jaw. Although this is not yet accompanied by pain or discomfort at the beginning it is a sure sign that there is something wrong with the jaw alignment that needs therapy and correction.
Pain And Tenderness When Chewing
TMJ severely affects the chewing muscles making it difficult to eat. When the disorder has reached a point where even the smallest jaw movements create pain, there is no time to delay. Therapy TMJ sessions are a must at this stage because without professional help the condition will likely worsen with time.
Seek Professional TMJ Therapy
Visit our dental office, headed by Dr. Hossein Ahmadian, DDS and take the first step in correcting your TMJ disorder. Call us at (703) 974-7501 or drop by our North Glebe Road clinic to book your first appointment. Through TMJ disorder treatment you can finally be free of the pain and discomfort.