TMD; Temporomandibular joint disorders; Temporomandibular muscle disorders
Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:
Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
Dull, aching pain in the face
Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
Signs and tests
You may need to see more than one medical specialist for your TMJ pain and symptoms, such as your primary care provider, a dentist, or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, depending on your symptoms.
A thorough examination may involve:
A dental examination to show if you have poor bite alignment
Feeling the joint and connecting muscles for tenderness
Pressing around the head for areas that are sensitive or painful
Sliding the teeth from side to side
Watching, feeling, and...
I like to smile, and I smile a lot.
I take pride in my dental hygiene. That's always been an aspect of my health I could control. Twice daily brushing and regular flossing made my dental visits pretty painless.
That is why last November, well, it bit. I never expected Dan's and my dentist would be the bearer of the bad news about another MS symptom I was experiencing.
After Halloween, I started feeling this painful zing whenever I ate anything sweet. The pain was similar to chewing on a piece of tin foil with a metal filling. Yep, that zing. OUCH!
I figured I had a little too much candy and not enough brushing. Probably had a cavity. Sure enough, my dentist found a small cavity. He numbed, drilled and filled the area and sent me on my way.
But the pain resurfaced a few days later, and this time it wasn't only when I ate sweets. Drinking anything cold also caused a sharp zing in the lower right corner of my jaw. I managed to ignore it because certainl...
My name is Stacy, and I am 24 years old. I live in Atlanta, GA, although I have moved all over the U.S. and have lived in more than 30 cities (my favorite being San Francisco!). I have had TMJ disorder since I was mauled by a neighbor's dog in 1992. I have been to more doctors than I can count, and have had symptoms ranging from migraine headaches, to chronic facial pain and vertigo. I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder from the dog attack, chronic daily headaches and migraines, malocclusion from improper orthodontics, degenerative disc disorder in my neck, and various neuropathies.. all of which were symptoms of a much bigger problem, TMJ disorder. Treatments have included splint therapy, trigger point injections, physical therapy, cervical facet blocks and occipital nerve blocks, seizure medications, anti-depressants, and psychological evaluations. I have had 9 surgeries (mostly bilateral) starting in 2003. These include multiple arthrocentesis, bilateral arthr...
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