Does it hurt when you chew or open wide to yawn? Do you have pain located at the jaw muscles, face, ears, teeth, or head? Does your jaw click, pop, or catch? Do you find it difficult to open your mouth wide? If so, you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. TMD is a group of conditions, often painful, that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Top 5 Signs That You Have a TMJ Problem:
- Radiating pain in the face, neck, or shoulders.
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw.
- Painful clicking or grating when opening or closing the mouth.
- A significant change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together.
- Headaches, earaches, dizziness, hearing problems and difficulty swallowing.
For most people, pain or discomfort in the jaw muscles or joints is temporary, often occurs in cycles, and resolves once you stop moving the area. Some people with TMD pain; however, can develop chronic symptoms. At Cole Pain Therapy Group, we can help you establish whether your head and/or face pain is due to TMD and can provide conservative treatment as needed.