TMJ FAQs

Patients who have been experiencing symptoms of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and those who have been diagnosed with the condition often have many questions about the causes of TMJ disorders and how they are treated. Here are some of the most common questions we hear from our patients. What causes TMJ disorder? The jaw…

Why Oral Health Symptoms Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Patients may be tempted to disregard oral health symptoms, such as discomfort or clicking or popping noises from the jaw, for any number of reasons. They may have anxiety about getting dental treatment or concerns that such treatment will be unaffordable. However, ignoring these issues may be setting the stage for the problem to become…

Can wisdom teeth cause TMJ disorder?

Have you kept your wisdom teeth? If so, you might be noticing symptoms like orofacial pain, crowding of your teeth, and popping or clicking sensations when you move your mouth. Retaining wisdom teeth is one common cause of TMJ disorder. When wisdom teeth erupt, they normally cause occlusal issues because there is not enough room…

Most Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

A malfunctioning jaw that causes a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is often associated with a number of classic symptoms, the most common of which is jaw pain. Other signs of a TMJ disorder may include clicking, popping or locking of the jaw joint, facial pain or earache or difficulty chewing. Patients who are experiencing such…

Can TMJ disorder cause frequent headaches?

A temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can cause frequent headaches. For example, if the muscles that move the jaw are strained due to clenching or grinding the teeth, or even excessive pressure applied to those muscles if other components of the jaw aren’t moving properly. Unfortunately, TMJ disorder headaches are often misdiagnosed as tension headaches, so…

Will TMJ disorder resolve on its own?

The jaw, also known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), consists of a number of structures, including bones, muscles and tendons, that must work together precisely to facilitate the many types of movements that your jaw may make. When even one of those components is off-kilter, you can develop a painful TMJ disorder that can cause…

Will stress exacerbate TMJ disorder?

If you have felt stressed out lately and noticed that your jaw has been hurting at the same time, those two issues can very well be related. The muscles involved in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are susceptible to the negative effects of stress, like resulting muscle tension or clenching of the jaw, and can contribute…

What is tinnitus and how does it relate to TMJ?

Tinnitus is a condition in which a patient experiences a persistent ringing, hissing or buzzing sound in the ears. Tinnitus can be caused by any number of issues, including high blood pressure or hearing loss. In some patients, this condition may be a result of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. If a jaw is not…