The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the lower jaw and the skull. You have two, which are located in front of your ears, one on each side. When you experience jaw pain, joint pain, or aches in the facial muscles surrounding the joint, it can be a sign of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Symptoms of this disorder can appear suddenly and last from a few weeks to several years. If you have jaw pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas Bilski for the diagnosis and treatment of your TMJ symptoms in Independence, OH. Common symptoms associated with TMD include:
- Inability to open or close the jaw
- Severe jaw pain at any time
- Popping or clicking sounds when opening or closing the jaw
- Ear pain and ringing in the ears
- Difficulty hearing
- Sore or tired muscles in the face, neck, or shoulders
- Facial swelling
- Pain or discomfort when biting down
- Changes in the way the teeth come together
Who Experiences TMJ Symptoms in Independence, OH?
While jaw pain and other signs associated with TMD can strike anyone at any time, women seem to suffer from the condition more often than men. People between the ages of 20 and 40 also have a higher incidence of developing symptoms, though not everyone who experiences jaw pain has TMD.
For some patients, TMJ symptoms can eventually subside over time but if you have persistent jaw pain, visit us for an examination. Dr. Bilski can evaluate the health of your teeth and jaw, and review your medical and dental history with you to determine whether your jaw pain is the result of a TMJ disorder.
Dr. Bilski offers a range of treatments to address mild to severe TMJ symptoms, and can alleviate your discomfort with conservative therapies. To schedule your consultation for a TMD evaluation in Independence, OH, contact our office today.