As many McLean, VA residents know, TMJ disorder is more than just an annoying popping sound that your jaw makes. Though some people find the problem is only temporary, others discover that their uncomfortable case of TMJ is so severe that medical intervention from Dr. Gocke is required.
What is TMJ Disorder?
The TMJ, medically known as the temporomandibular joint, is a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. You have two jawbone joints – one on the right side of your face, and one on the left. Some residents develop disorders of the TMJ, often resulting in popping sounds when one opens his or her mouth, or pain and discomfort that just won’t go away.
You might have a TMJ disorder if you experience any or all of the following symptoms:
- Tenderness or pain in your jaw
- Pain on one or both sides of your TMJ joints
- Aching pain in and around your ear (when ear infection has been ruled out)
- Finding it difficult or painful to chew food
- Facial pain that aches
- Finding that your jaw locks, making it difficult for you to open or close your mouth