TMJ Symptoms


Because the painful condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) is accompanied by symptoms shared with other ailments, it is frequently misdiagnosed by those without extensive experience in the field of neuromuscular dentistry.

Using state-of-the-art technology and drawing on their postgraduate education in neuromuscular dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), Pittsburgh dentists Dr. Joe and Dr. Charles Frye can determine the source of your TMJ/TMD symptoms and create a custom treatment plan to relieve your discomfort.

Headaches and Other Signs of TMJ/TMD

Chronic, migraine-like headaches are the most common symptoms of TMJ/TMD. However, most people who suffer from TMJ/TMD experience multiple symptoms that may also include:

  • Difficulty biting, chewing and swallowing
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Jaw sticking or locking
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers
  • Pain in the back, face, neck and shoulders
  • Inability to widely open your mouth
  • Inability to find a comfortable, consistent resting position for your mouth

As many of these symptoms are also associated with medical conditions including arthritis, sinus infections, periodontal disease and migraines, TMJ/TMD is often incorrectly diagnosed by physicians and dentists who lack specialized training in neuromuscular dentistry.

Questions about Your TMJ/TMD Symptoms

When preparing for your TMJ/TMD assessment with the Allison Park neuromuscular dentists at Dentonics, considering the following questions may be helpful in pinpointing the cause of your TMJ/TMD:

  • What symptoms do you experience?
  • How long have you experienced these symptoms?
  • Did the symptoms begin individually or in conjunction with one another?
  • Do you experience the symptoms separately or together?
  • Do particular activities seem to trigger your symptoms?

The answers to these questions in addition to a detailed examination that includes a computerized analysis of your bite and jaw alignment will provide the foundation for your personalized TMJ/TMD treatment.

If you live in the Pittsburgh or Allison Park, Pennsylvania, areas and would like to learn more about the symptoms and treatment options for TMJ/TMD, please contact Dentonics to schedule your consultation with neuromuscular dentists Dr. Joe or Dr. Charles Frye. We would love to meet you, show you our dental home and welcome you to our extended family.

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