How Can I Know I Have TMJD?

How Can I Know if I Have TMJD?

If you believe that you have TMJD it is recommended to see a doctor who can ensure that it is not something else with similar symptoms. Temperomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) is frequently overlooked or misdiagnosed because it is so similar to other ailments. Many people suffer from headaches, neck discomfort and facial discomfort, and discomfort in the ear, e.g. ringing and buzzing. Many of us suffer from clicking and locking jaws which make any movement of the jaw difficult.

Temperomandibular Joint Disorders are a grouping of conditions that affect the jaw joint and the muscles of the neck, face and jaw. TMJD symptoms may appear not related to the jaw joint. Discomfort can happen in numerous different places, e.g. around the eyes or at the bottom of the skull, or round the ears, shoulder and neck. Sufferers may have some or the lion's share of these symptoms. People may not have conditions serious enough to require treatment, while others will be debilitated by the pain and have a reduced quality of life.

Pain in and round the jaw and face may also be the symptoms of other conditions like abscesses on the teeth, ear infections, and nerve damage. If you find that you do infact have TMJD, as confirmed in a diagnosis from a doctor or appropriately trained dentist, you will need to educate yourself on the different types of treatment available.

For a long time these symptoms were considered not related and misdiagnosed. Today practitioners that have been properly trained can identify these symptoms as being related Temperomandibular Disorders (TMD). These same practitioners are then able to identify the causes and provide suitable treatment. 

TMJD may present itself as clicking or crepitus of the jaw joints, or difficulty in opening or closing the mouth. The muscles may be tender, and the area around the joint may feel tender to touch and pressure. There can also be tinnitus or giddiness. An Xray will usually find nothing as it is often in the muscles and soft tissues.