TMJ disorder is the dysfunction of the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints on either side of your jaw. These joints allow for the movement of your mouth in one of the most complex ways of the body (up and down, side to side, back and forth). Not surprising symptoms of a disorder of the jaw would be pain in the jaw, face, and head, popping or clicking of the jaw, lockjaw, etc. Along with these symptoms, there are also symptoms that you might not think are associated with your jaw. These surprising symptoms include a ringing in the ear, chronic earaches, and a stiff neck or shoulders. If you often experience any of the symptoms listed above, talk to your orthodontic team in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ear Ringing or Pain
If you touch your face right now to find the joint of your jaw, you will discover that it is located very close to your ear. Because of this proximity, you may feel pain in and around your ear. Problems with your TMJ’s could lead to tinnitus, which is a constant ringing in your ear. It can cause you to have hearing problems because of the ringing and pain. If you have earaches often (especially in conjunction with other TMJ symptoms), it is important to seek treatment.
Stiff Neck or Shoulders
Alignment of the jaw joints affects neck alignment of the neck. Neck misalignment can create stiffness or pain in the shoulders and back. This pain can even lead down to a numbness or tingling in the fingers or hands. This kind of daily discomfort can affect your the way you live your life and the way you sleep at night. If the source of your pain and stiffness is TMJ disorder, TMJ therapy may be able to help you find relief.
We can help you treat TMJ disorder
Symptoms of TMJ disorder go beyond jaw pain. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.