Within this region is a concentration of muscles, bones, tendons and nerves, including the trigeminal nerve, which registers sensation in your face and is integral in biting, chewing and swallowing. If you have a bite condition, excessive pressure can be placed on this connective network and lead to irritation, inflammation, swelling and symptoms such as severe headaches.
In addition to migraine-like headaches, other TMJ/TMD symptoms include:
• Face, neck, shoulder and back pain
• Jaw tension and pain
• Jaw clicking, popping, locking or sticking
• Earaches or ringing ears
• Problems chewing or swallowing
• Numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers
If not treated, the symptoms of TMJ/TMD can grow progressively worse and lead to premature wear on your teeth, continued stress on your jaw and periodontal disease. Fortunately, there are a number of TMJ/TMD treatment options available.
If you live in the Edmond or Oklahoma City areas and would like to learn more about TMJ/TMD diagnosis and treatment, please contact Oklahoma neuromuscular dentist Dr. Terry Bass to schedule your TMJ/TMD consultation.