Complex Joints Can Cause Pain

Complex Joints Can Cause Pain

The temporomandibular joints are tiny – but they are complex. In fact, they are the most complex joint of your body. These joints, also known as TMJs, hinge your jaw to the skull and allow it to move up and down, back and forth and side to side. But, these two small joints can cause big problems. Have no fear; however, Dr. Korous and the Millennium Smiles team in Frisco, Texas, is here to talk about TMJs, TMJD, and how we can help you.

So Small, So Delicate

The TMJs are not only small, but they are also are very delicate. Inside the joint lives a tiny disk that keeps the joint on tract through movement. If this joint becomes out of alignment, it throws the whole joint – and the muscles and tissues surrounding – out of whack.

When this happens, the effects are widespread and felt in the area around the joint, but also in the ear, face, neck, chin, head, and even the back and shoulders.

The symptoms of TMJD can range from mild to severe, can go away on their own, or require treatment and may be acute or chronic. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of TMJD, it’s time to call Dr. Korous.

TMJD Warning Signs

So, what are the symptoms of TMJD? For many, the first symptom people notice is pain, but there are other signs to watch out for, too. These signs include:

  • Jaw, ear or facial pain
  • Headaches, especially around the temples
  • Your neck and shoulders are hurting
  • Clicking, popping or grinding noise when opening or closing your mouth
  • Your jaw locks in an open or closed position
  • Difficulty to talk, chew or yawn or trouble opening your mouth
  • Hearing loss
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Dizziness

There’s a variety of causes to TMJD, such as jaw clenching and grinding, along with muscle diseases, different types of arthritis, trauma, bite malocclusion, and even some dental surgeries, can jaw disorders such as TMJD to develop. If you suspect you have jaw disorders or TMJD, call Millennium Smiles in Frisco, Texas, for more information.

You can schedule an appointment or contact us with any questions at 972-468-8771.