After someone is diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder, one of the first things they usually want to know is: how bad is it? Well, it isn’t life-threatening – but the potential consequences of untreated TMJ disorder (TMJ/TMD) are serious. They are also treatable, at Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN.
The temporomandibular joints are what connect your lower jaw to your skull. They allow a great range of motion, including grinding and chewing action. It’s common for people to clench them in stressful situations: not necessarily a cause of TMJ/TMD, but one contributing factor.
A general definition of TMJ/TMD is that the muscles and ligaments supporting the jaw joints become out of balance. It can lead to a host of symptoms, such as:
- Pain when chewing
- Bite problems
- Neck pain
- Ringing in the ears
Untreated TMJ/TMD can also result in psychological issues like depression. People have also turned to painkillers, which over time can have negative effects.
Can TMJ/TMD Be Cured?
Remember that treating any condition is not the same as curing it. While complete recovery is always the goal, we begin with an accurate diagnosis followed by effective treatment. At Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN we draw on our years of experience. If you are coping with jaw pain please give us a call to schedule an appointment today!