The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), connects your jawbone to your skull. When it sustains an injury, you may develop a TMJ disorder.
Temporomandibular disorders usually cause short-lived or temporary discomfort, but in more serious cases, it can lead to severe pain and swelling, as well as other long-term symptoms.
To help you realize the importance of seeking professional help immediately when you sustain an injury to your temporomandibular joint, here are three uncomfortable to painful facts you should know about TMJ disorders.
Discomfort and pain are not limited to the jaw joint area.
Yes, TMJ disorders have symptoms localized on the jaw joint area and its surrounding muscles. However, injuries to this joint can also put you at risk of different types and severities of pain affecting various parts of your body, according to The Jaw Health Resource.
Aside from difficulties in and painful chewing or biting, you may also experience facial pain and earaches. These disorders can also cause headaches, dizziness, tingling or numb fingers, as well as pain affecting the neck, back, and shoulders. You may also feel pain behind your eyes.
TMJ disorders cause constant jaw and ear popping and cracking sounds.
With a dislocated, displaced, or out of place temporomandibular joint, you can expect constant popping and cracking sounds produced by your jaw. These uncomfortable and annoying sounds can make their way to your ears. You may also experience the vertigo-like symptom of long, ringing sounds in the ear.
These disorders can lead to jaw dislocation and even a lock jaw.
A lot of people who have TMJ disorders have suffered from a locked jaw, a condition that occurs after opening the mouth widely, as when yawning. Jaw dislocation, even though rare, is another possibility in people suffering from these disorders.
It is important that you consult a professional right away when you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms. TMJ disorders are treatable, and in most cases, only require the temporary use of orthotic devices.