The temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw are relatively complex. They work in tandem with muscles, connective tissue, and cartilage structures to allow you to open your mouth, chew food, and make a wide range of facial expressions.
TMJ disorder is a blanket term used to describe discomfort or dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints. The specific symptoms you are experiencing will help Drs. Quinttus, Budde, and Sullivan to develop an effective treatment plan.
This might include significant discomfort or moderate pain in the joints when biting down hard. You might also notice a dull ache in the muscles in front of the ears or around your temples.
In some cases, TMJ disorder symptoms are related to inflammation in the joint or the early onset of arthritis. These symptoms might be reduced by anti-inflammatory medications.
A modest clicking sensation in one of your temporomandibular joints when you chew is not a direct symptom of TMJ disorder. In some cases, it could be related to a natural source. At the same time, many people with professionally diagnosed TMJ disorder do also experience some degree of clicking in the joint.
If you live in the Dayton, Ohio, area and you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should call (937) 435-0324 to set up a consultation appointment at Rahn Dental Group.