TMJ disorder is a general term used by oral healthcare providers to describe discomfort, pain and inflammation in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. Common symptoms include significant discomfort or moderate pain in the joints when biting down hard. At the same time, many people struggling with TMJ disorder also complain of a dull ache in the muscles of the joints and in front of the ears.
Identifying the underlying cause and the related symptoms can help Dr. Carl McMillan and the orthodontic specialists at his American Fork, Utah, clinic develop an effective treatment strategy.
Many TMJ disorder symptoms can be related to inflammation or the early onset of arthritis in the temporomandibular joints.
A modest clicking sensation in one or both of the temporomandibular joints when you chew is not a direct symptom of TMJ disorder. In some cases, it could be related to a natural and benign source. However, many people with professionally diagnosed TMJ disorder do also experience some degree of clicking in the joint.
If you live in the American Fork, Utah, area and you have been struggling with TMJ disorder discomfort, you should call 801-756-0900 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at TMJ Therapy.