What Are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorders?

TMJ disorder is a common medical condition affecting the jaw. It can come and go with frequent flare ups that cause discomfort and inconvenience. 

Sometimes the symptoms of TMJ disorder can be confusing, making it difficult to determine what the problem is. Learn the common signs of TMJ disorder and when you should seek treatment.  

What is TMJ Disorder? 

TMJ disorder is a condition affecting the temporomandibular joints, the place on each side of the head where the lower jaw connects to the skull. When one or both of these joints becomes irritated or inflamed, it is considered to be TMJ disorder. 

TMJ Signs and Symptoms 

The following signs and symptoms often indicate that TMJ disorder is present: 


When to Seek Treatment 

If you experience any of the above symptoms, start by self treating the condition at home. Apply ice to the sides of your face in the area of the TMJ. Take anti-inflammatory pain medication to relieve pain and reduce the swelling and irritation from inflammation. Rest your jaw as much as possible by avoiding talking and eating a liquid or soft diet. If your symptoms don’t improve or subside in a few days to a week, contact your dentist for diagnosis and treatment. 

Causes of TMJ Disorder

There are a number of potential causes of TMJ disorder, such as: 

Have Symptoms of TMJ Disorder? Seek Treatment Today

If you have persistent symptoms of TMJ disorder that don’t go away or keep coming back, Oakland Dental Care can help. We provide diagnosis and treatment for TMJ disorder that gets to the source of the problem for lasting relief of your symptoms. 

Call 201-337-7733 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment. 


Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ Disorder

Why see a dentist for TMJ disorder? 

In addition to teeth, dentists specialize in the support structures for the teeth, including the jaw. A dentist can not only diagnose TMJ disorder, but analyze the cause to determine the best course of treatment to provide lasting results. 

What treatments do dentists provide for TMJ disorder?

Dentists can provide injections such as Botox that relaxes the tensed up muscles in the jaw to relieve pain and improve range of motion. We can also provide you with a custom bite splint to help realign your jaw to relieve TMJ symptoms.