Negative Health Effects Caused by TMJ Disorder and the Importance of Receiving Treatment to Avoid Them
Do you face pain, discomfort, or clicking in your jaw that you cannot explain? If so, you may have a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. You are not alone. TMJ disorders affect a significant portion of the population, and it is estimated that around ten million Americans are suffering. Surprisingly, a large portion of those who suffer are not aware of what their temporomandibular joint is and, thus, do not receive any kind of treatment. Dr. Jordan Tucker and his team at Elite Smiles of Pflugerville welcome you in for TMJ disorder treatment.
Therapy designed to treat TMJ disorders varies from patient to patient and is complicated in its success. For some, TMJ therapy will provide long-lasting relief while with others results will be temporary. Designing a treatment plan for TMJ disorder can only happen after a comprehensive exam is performed. What is much simpler is the fact that, when left untreated, TMJ disorders can result in chronic pain that will affect you daily.
Migraine and other types of severe headaches have been linked to TMJ disorders. This is due to the joint which serves to connect the jaw to the skull becoming unaligned and the muscles in your face, neck, and jaw having to overcompensate. This creates stress and fatigue in these muscles which can result in severe migraines which can lead those who suffer to miss out on opportunities in their daily lives.
Back, Neck, and Shoulder Pain
Problems from TMJ disorders not only affect your immediate jaw, mouth, and neck area but also areas around the rest of your body. Muscle fatigue may start near your jaw but can move to your spine and cause pain and aches in your back, neck, shoulders, and more. As more time goes by, other joints in your body could even develop alignment issues causing further discomfort.
Your jaw connects to your skull near your ear canal. Because of this, if there is inflammation around that area caused by a TMJ disorder, you could develop issues with your hearing including tinnitus or varying degrees of hearing loss.
You can avoid these negative effects of TMJ disorder by coming into Dr. Tucker and receiving an exam and getting a treatment plan in place. Please call Elite Smiles today at (512) 273-7790 for an appointment.