Find out if your jaw pain could be due to this surprisingly common jaw joint disorder.
Do you hear clicking sounds when you open your mouth? While startling, if the sound isn’t accompanied by pain most people just go on ignoring it…until the aching pain sets in. Those who have a TMJ disorder often experience flare-ups of jaw pain and stiffness. It may hurt to open your mouth wide. You may experience headaches more frequently. If so, our Spokane, WA, oral and maxillofacial s urgeons, Dr. David Gailey, provide a little insight into this condition.
There are a variety of different TMJ disorders, but most of them display the same signs such as:
Jaw or facial pain: You may find that your jaws ache or hurt more when talking or chewing. The pain may even radiate to the face or shoulders.
A popping sound: When you open or close your jaws, do you hear a popping or clicking sound? Of course, this sound can happen sometimes and doesn’t necessarily mean you have a TMJ disorder. However, if you also experience jaw pain or other symptoms then you may want to seek medical care.
Painful chewing: If you are dealing with an achy, sore jaw, then chances are pretty good that at some point you may find it difficult or even painful to chew or bite your food.
Jaw stiffness: Stiffness is often accompanied by pain, particularly when it comes to the jaw joints. You may even find that it’s difficult to open your mouth fully, and it might even feel as if your jaws lock up on you.
While these tend to be the most common symptoms, it’s not that uncommon to also experience dizziness, ear pain or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). If you’re noticing any of these symptoms then it’s time visit our Spokane oral and maxillofacial s urgeons for further testing. Talking to our patients about their symptoms can often be enough to make a diagnosis, but sometimes imaging tests need to be performed to check the health and function of the jaw muscles and joints. The sooner you seek treatment for this condition the better!
Don’t let TMJ-related pain keep you from eating your favorite foods. If you’ve been dreaming of biting into a juicy steak but your jaws tell you otherwise, then it’s time you visited Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, WA, to find out how to manage your symptoms.