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Symptoms of TMJ Disorders / TMD - Wilmington, Spring
Many people may be suffering from a TMJ disorder without even knowing it. It’s for that reason that you need to be aware of the various symptoms and signs. When you meet with Dr. Raj Kulkarni for a TMJ disorder consultation at our Wilmington practice, you will be able to discuss the various problems you’ve been facing in more detail. We’d like to briefly cover some of the most common symptoms and signs of TMD right now so you know what to look out for.
Any persistent soreness or pain in the jaw may be the sign of a TMJ disorder. Be sure to note this while you’re chewing, when you yawn or speak, or after you’ve woken up.
Clicking and Popping of the Jaw
This is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ disorder. Patients at our Wilmington practice often report clicks, pops, or even crunching noises in their jaw. This may or may not be accompanied by pain.
Stiffness of the Jaw and Lockjaw
Many people who have TMJ disorders notice that their jaws are stiff or lack the same range of movement as before. In some cases, the stiffness of the jaw may be so severe that the jaw locks.
Sore Teeth and Gums
Since tooth grinding (bruxism) is a common cause of TMJ disorders, pain in the teeth and gums are common. This is due to the strain and pressure placed on the teeth and gums from excessive clenching and gnashing.
Headaches, Neck Aches, and Ear Pain
Since the various structures of the face are interconnected, tension and strain in the mandible can lead to pain in other parts of the head and neck. Ear pain is especially common, as are headaches (especially around the temples), and neck pain as well.
Since TMJ disorders can affect the ear area, some people may experience hearing problems. This may include muffled sounds, hearing loss, and even tinnitus.
Learn More About TMJ Disorders in Wilmington
If you notice any of the TMD signs or symptoms listed above, it’s important that you visit our practice as soon as possible. The sooner that we can address a TMJ disorder, the better. For more information on your many options for treatment, contact our Wilmington practice for a TMJ disorder examination today. Our entire team looks forward to your visit.