You may notice that you have what you refer to as tooth pain. However, you might not really have any idea what’s causing the problem. Let’s say you don’t think it’s cavities because your teeth have been healthy. Now, let’s say you don’t show any signs of bruxism or having experiencing any trauma. So, what’s to blame? Why do your teeth hurt but you cannot put your finger on an obvious reason that they feel this way? In some instances, you may be experiencing TMJ disorder. Let’s talk details!
What TMJ Disorder Is, Exactly
First, before we make the connection between tooth pain and TMJ disorder, let’s begin by addressing what TMD is, exactly. It’s the presence of dysfunction with your jaw joints, which are known clinically as your TMJs or temporomandibular joints. The issue results in symptoms that are uncomfortable, as well as the potential for long-term injury and functional disruptions.
Why You Might Think It’s A Toothache
You may think that your tooth pain is the result of TMJ disorder because the pain does not remain located within the joints themselves. Instead, some pain-related symptoms include discomfort in your face, in your teeth, in your ears, and it may continue to radiate outward. This can cause headaches, neck aches, and more. You may think you’re experiencing a toothache when what you’re really recognizing is pain as the result of jaw joint stress or strain.
What To Do Next
Contact us, of course! The only way you’ll be able to really pinpoint whether it’s TMJ disorder, decay, both, something else, etc., and to receive care is to make time for visits.
Make Tooth Pain A Distant Memory With TMJ Treatment
Talk over the details of TMJ disorder and treatment with us to determine whether it may be the solution you’ve been seeking to address your discomfort. Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.