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TMJ Awareness Month: Understand the 7 Signs of Chronic Jaw Pain

The term TMJ describes the point where your lower jawbone (mandible bone) connects with the bone in front of your ear (temporal bone). TMJ and TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) are often used interchangeably, denoting chronic jaw pain issues.

Recognizing TMJ Symptoms

TMJ symptoms can manifest in several ways, including:

  1. Clicking or popping sounds when chewing

  2. Earaches or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

  3. Frequent headaches or migraines

  4. Limited mobility of the jawbone or muscles

  5. Pain in the jaw muscles or in front of the ear

  6. Restricted jaw movement

  7. Jaw locking

TMJ disorder can affect both men and women and may result from various factors, including a misaligned jaw or teeth, trauma or injuries to your jaw, arthritis, or due to some autoimmune diseases that attack healthy tissues. It has been observed that women in their childbearing years may experience more severe symptoms.

If you are encountering any of the aforementioned symptoms, it's advisable to schedule a visit to our dental practice in Lorton, VA. Dr. Reyes will examine your oral health, assess the symptoms.  and develop a treatment plan that provides relief for the discomfort.

It’s important to tackle the issues head on, as TMJ problems can disrupt your ability to eat and sleep properly, and ultimately reduce your quality of life.

Treatment can vary depending on your needs, but Dr. Reyes may offer you treatment options such as creating a custom bite guard, correcting a misaligned bite with Invisalign, or even surgical options if needed.  

We eagerly await your contact and the opportunity to assist you in resolving your chronic jaw pain promptly.

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