TMJ Disorder: Symptoms & Causes

You know that if you’re dealing with TMJ disorder, you should see us for TMJ treatment, which we are happy to provide and which we encourage. However, you may not have the easiest time identifying problems with your TMJs on your own. You may also wonder, if you’re diagnosed with this functional issue, where it comes from and why it’s happening to you. Take a moment with us as we offer clarification regarding these characteristics of TMD!

About The Symptoms

First, let’s talk about the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Sometimes, you won’t know to attribute symptoms to your jaw joints because they’re symptoms of other problems, too. Other times, they’ll be much more obvious. While we encourage you to consider common signs that TMD may be affecting you and that you may require treatment, remember that if you’re unsure, we can help you with a diagnosis. Possible symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck aches
  • Shoulder aches
  • Pain in your face and jaw joints
  • Popping jaw joints (or other noises)
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
  • Uncomfortable chewing

Understanding The Causes

As for the cause or causes of your TMJ disorder, there’s no solid reason it begins. As far as why you are dealing with this issue, we can help pinpoint some possible factors when you come in to see us. As doctors continue to figure out what causes this issue to develop, know that some of the following issues may be contributing:

  • An injury to your jaw joints may come into play
  • Bruxism may encourage it
  • Excessive stress may contribute
  • Poor posture may be a cause

Take Time For TMJ Protection With Our Team

We are happy to offer you TMJ treatment, should you require care for problematic jaw joints. See us soon! Call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We proudly serve patients and their families from Cleveland, Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.