Jaw Pain Dallas
Jaw pain is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ, but that doesn’t mean it’s a simple diagnosis. There are actually many types of jaw pain associated with TMJ, and sometimes these may be confused with other potential conditions. Fortunately, once TMJ has been diagnosed, TMJ treatment will often remedy all your symptoms.
Jaw Joint Pain
Jaw joint pain is very easy to connect to TMJ. Joint pain may be caused by excess pressure on the soft tissues in the joint. This can lead to inflammation, which makes your joint tender. In this case, you may experience pain whenever you move your jaw. If it’s caused by tooth clenching at night (bruxism) it may be worse when you first wake up.
Another cause of jaw pain can be displacement of the disc that cushions your jaw joint. When this occurs, you may experience a sudden, uneven movement of the jaw, often accompanied by a popping or clicking sound, as well as sudden pain.
Finally, if TMJ has resulted in degradation or destruction of the cushioning disc of your jaw joint, you may experience the grinding of bones against one another. You may hear a grinding sound, and experience pain when you move your mouth.
Jaw Pain in the Muscles
You may also experience pain because of the strain on your jaw muscles. This will feel like soreness in your other muscles: a dull, aching throb. It may be constant, or you may only feel it after you eat, or when you wake up if you have bruxism.
It’s common to have this type of jaw pain if you also experience tension headaches related to your TMJ.
Jaw Nerve Pain
Displacement of your temporomandibular joint may also cause muscles or bones to put pressure on your nerves in the area, which are some of the most important nerves in the body. The trigeminal nerve, which runs through your skull near the temporomandibular joint, is responsible for about 40% of the information sent by your body to your brain.
When these nerves are under pressure, you may feel an electric, shocking pain, like hitting your funny bone. The pain may be felt at the point of pressure, or it may be felt as coming from the place where the nerve is carrying signals from, such as the eyes, face, or front of the jaw. It may even be felt as a tingling, numbness, or other sensation. Some cases of tinnitus (ringing or other sounds in the ears), for example, may be pressure on the cochlear nerve that your brain thinks is sound.