You probably don’t think about your temporomandibular joint very often, if ever, but it’s an amazing joint that helps your jaw move up and down and side to side. Thanks to this joint you can chew, talk, yawn, and just about anything else associated with the mouth. But just like any intricate machine, if a part of the system is strained or damaged, it can lead to dysfunction. For your jaw this is referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder, or more commonly known as TMJ.
If the muscles in your jaw become strained, or if your joint becomes misaligned because of injury, you may experience serious pain not only in your mouth but in your head, neck, and back. Located in Indianapolis, Dr. John Phelps has experience diagnosing and treating TMJ. Some of the most common symptoms associated with TMJ include:
- Chronic tension headaches
- Pain in your face, jaw, or ear area when you open your mouth or chew
- Your jaw becomes stuck or locked when open
- Ear ringing
- Pain in the shoulders or upper back
- A clicking or popping sound in the jaw
- Face swelling
- Noticeable bite misalignment when you chew or rest your jaw
If you experience any of the above symptoms, especially chronic headaches or neck or back pain that does not go away with pain relievers, it’s recommended to seek the help of an experienced dentist so they can correctly diagnose your specific issue.
If you live in or around the Indianapolis area and believe you’re suffering from TMJ, contact Dr. John Phelps at 317-818-9858 to schedule an appointment. He is dedicated to relieving your pain.