How Can You Tell If You Have TMJ Disorder?

Cosmetic, Family & Implant Dentists Serving Aurora, Denver, Centennial & Nearby Colorado

Posted: January 15, 2023

Sleeping, insomnia, men.If you notice headaches, jaw stiffness, or pain when chewing, a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) could be the culprit. TMD encompasses a group of more than 30 conditions, but TMJ disorder (TMJD) refers to dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint itself. A whopping 11 to 12 million US adults report pain in this joint.

Fortunately, there are treatments for TMJD. At Aspenwood Dental Associates and the Colorado Dental Implant Center, our skilled dentists can evaluate your TMJ issues and create a treatment plan to help you find relief.

What Are the Signs of TMJ Disorder?

It can be challenging to differentiate between TMJD and other TMDs on your own since there are several overlapping symptoms. However, the following are common signs of TMJ dysfunction:

  • Pain and tenderness around the temporomandibular joint (located near the hollows just under your ears)
  • Jaw popping, clicking, and cracking
  • Chronic headaches, especially upon waking up
  • Aching pain across the muscles of your face
  • Asymmetrical opening of the jaw
  • Difficult or painful chewing
  • Stiffness or a “locked up” feeling in your jaw

Many people have lived with TMDs for decades, accepting pain and discomfort as a part of life. Our practice often sees patients when their TMJD has advanced to the point of interfering with their day-to-day. 

If you have any of the above symptoms, don't hesitate to bring them up with one of our providers. TMDs don’t need to be “bad enough” to treat. Addressing dysfunction early could help prevent future damage to your teeth and joints. 

How Do You Fix a TMJ Problem?

The causes of TMJD range from anxiety to physical injury. Our experienced dentists will work to correct the root of the problem. Stress reduction techniques or self-massage can alleviate some symptoms, but patients typically need more intervention to correct TMDs.

Additional options include a night guard to prevent teeth grinding, tooth restoration to balance your bite, or orthodontic treatment to reposition your teeth. You might need a combination of treatments to correct your TMJD.

Schedule Your TMJ Disorder Assessment in Aurora, Colorado

You don’t have to live with chronic jaw pain or tension. At Aspenwood Dental Associates and the Colorado Dental Implant Center, our team can create a treatment plan to address your TMJ issues. Call 303-751-3321 to book an appointment at our Aurora, Colorado family practice.