TMJ Evaluation

A Pain In The Jaw

Over 50 million Americans annually have headaches so severe that they seek medical help. Most of these people state that their head pain is a disruptive force in their daily lives. The majority of these patients suffer from neuromuscular problems with the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). TMD is a group of separate but related disorders of the temporomandibular joint and all the associated muscles, ligaments, nerves, etc. Unfortunately, TMJs are the most frequently misdiagnosed of the neuromuscular medical/dental conditions. After a thorough examination and appropriate x-rays, our team will help to identify the source of the pain. Dr. Dautel will then recommend what type of TMJ treatment is needed for your condition and begin moving forward with a step-by-step treatment plan.

Symptoms

TMD symptoms are related to the TMJ joints and affect the dental and oral structures, the jaw, the chewing muscles, as well as nearby head and neck structures. TMD symptoms can often be confused with other medical issues because some of the symptoms are similar. This is why it is recommended that patients who think they may be suffering from TMD be evaluated by a dentist. The common issues associated with TMD include:

  • Headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Tooth pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Ear pain
  • Neck, back, shoulder and chest pain
  • Dysfunctional jaw movement
  • Limited head range
  • Clicking ears
  • Locked or dislocated jaw
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Chipping of teeth