The frequent occurrence of pain in the connecting jaw and skull muscles could be an indication of an existing disorder involving the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. This joint hinges the sides of your lower jaw to your head and controls mouth movement. Our dentist and team can detect any risk factors or symptoms indicating that you have a TMJ disorder or TMD.
Your jaw should work perfectly and without pain as long as you have a proper function the structures and muscles of the joint; however, stress in this area can incur the development of a temporomandibular joint disorder.
TMJ discomfort and pain is often a result of poor oral habits, including chewing gum too often, popping your jaw a lot, or having a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth. Other causes of TMD may be poor diet and posture, not exercising, being stressed, or having an unhealthy bite.
If you have TMD, you will realize the problem fairly quickly because the symptoms of TMD are obvious and unignorable. Some manifestations of a jaw joint issues are changes in your bite; a clicking, popping, or grating sound in the jaw; or pain and stiffness when using your jaw to bite and chew.
We encourage you to contact Hudson Dental Care at 770-438-1520 today and arrange to see Dr. Vivian Hudson if you are experiencing symptoms and would like to discuss TMD treatment in Smyrna, Georgia.