You may need to see a dentist if something feels off about your smile–especially your jaw and if it clicks when you speak or eat. When the temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ, gets damaged, many unpleasant side-effects result. See a dental practitioner as soon as possible to prevent minor symptoms from exacerbating the problem.
What Are the Early Symptoms of the Disorder?
The jaw joint becomes damaged when it experiences a severe impact or when it sustains damage from arthritis. Some early warning signs indicating you have the disorder include:
- Tenderness or pain in the jaw
- Aching facial discomfort
- Pain around the ears
- Problems with chewing
- Joints locking into place
- Clicking when opening your mouth
What Are the Long-Term Side Effects?
Temporomandibular joint disorders are not life-threatening, but can impact your quality of life drastically. If you don’t get the right treatment, then you can expect intense migraines, severe back pain, and tinnitus. TMJ has also been linked to anxiety and depression. Constant pain can also have a negative effect on the sleep patterns of an individual.
Moreover, the pain of chewing can prevent certain people from eating certain foods. Eating tougher foods, such as nuts and vegetables, can be more difficult. If you do not get all of the essential nutrients your overall health will be affected.
How Is It Treated?
Drs. Brent and Harry Van Hala’s Canton and Hudson, OH offices are open to anyone who has a jaw disorder. Whether you’ve noticed the symptoms for a couple of days or years, it’s never too late or too early to schedule an appointment.