What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Damaged TMJs?

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What are the signs and symptoms of damaged TMJs? Your TMJs, also known as your temporomandibular joints, are joints in your jaw that play a pivotal role in your mouth’s ability to open and close. Some signs that they may be disrupted include irregular popping noises from your jaw, the inability to have full movement when opening and closing your mouth, pain within your jaw or in and around your ears, and deep pain when speaking, chewing, or yawning.

If your TMJs have become damaged, here are some helpful strategies that can lead to a successful recovery:

– Joint pain connected with TMJ disorders can be alleviated with heat or ice packs.
– Your TMJ disorder could be caused by another underlying problem such as bruxism, which is a condition responsible for grinding or gnashing your teeth unconsciously, often while asleep.
– Certain foods and various habits can upset your TMJs, including nail-biting, chewing gum, or rough or chewy foods such as steak.
– Meditation techniques including yoga, calming music, and biofeedback are excellent stress relievers that can treat jaw pressure.

If you suffer from damaged TMJs, contact George R. Hussey, DDS, FAGD at 360.653.5197. To schedule an oral examination with Dr. George R. Hussey and our team at our dentist office in Arlington, Washington, please contact us at your earliest convenience. It’s never too late to start taking steps to a healthier you.