As you get older, you start to feel some pain in your joints. To some extent, that’s just part of getting older. You can’t expect to be as limber and healthy as you were when you were 20-something. However, pain is still your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.
So when you have pain in your jaw joints, you need to call our Leawood, KS dental office at 913-945-1612 and make an appointment for TMJ treatment. With our dentists’ advanced training and technology, you can get the help you need to prevent your jaw joints from becoming a serious problem every day.
Signs You May Have TMJ Disorder
Your jaw is controlled by a pair of joints called temporomandibular joints (TMJ). You use your TMJ whenever you move your jaw to chew, drink, talk, even breathe through your mouth. As you can see, your jaw joints get used a lot each day. That’s why you can be facing a serious problem if your TMJ start to give you pain and discomfort.
Here are some of the signs that you may have TMJ disorder:
- Pain in your jaw
- Jaw stiffness or tightness
- Popping and clicking noises when you move your jaw
- Earaches and ringing in the ears
- Pain in your neck, shoulders, and upper back
- Headaches and migraines
Having the occasional sore jaw or headache doesn’t automatically mean you have TMJ disorder. But untreated TMJ disorder can lead to some significant problems in your life. That’s why it’s best to call S&G Family Dentistry and make an appointment for TMJ treatment.
Here is what your day could be like if you ignore TMJ disorder for too long.
Your Morning With Untreated TMJ Disorder
You’re awake long before you alarm ever goes off. Lately, sleep is getting harder and harder. The pain in your neck, back, and jaw keep waking you up when you roll over in your sleep. You stumble out of bed, feeling exhausted but you know you have to get to work.
You’re hungry, but chewing can be painful. Instead of eating a big breakfast like you want, you settle for some soggy cereal and coffee. Even that hurts a bit.
You drive to work, and the traffic is bad. That adds tension to your neck and shoulders which are already starting to hurt. You have a bottle of pain relievers in your car for just this reason, so you dry swallow some and head into work.
Your performance is slipping, and everyone seems to know it. You’re just having a hard time focusing when you keep getting migraines and earaches. The ringing in your ears can even make it hard to talk to others, especially over the phone. You start to worry about your future, and that stress makes all the pain worse.
Your Afternoon With Untreated TMJ Disorder
At lunch, you politely tell everyone you don’t want to order out with the rest of them. You actually do, but you know from experience that lunch is too painful to bear sometimes. As everyone enjoys their take-out, you quietly eat some yogurt and soup.
There’s an important meeting before the end of the day, but you’re finding it hard to pay attention. Your tinnitus is getting worse, so you don’t hear as well as you need to. Then your migraine kicks in hard, and you have to excuse yourself.
Finally, it’s time to drive home. But traffic at this time of day is the worst, and you can feel your jaw and neck pain building. You take some more pain relievers. It dulls the pain, eventually, but it’s still there nagging at you.
Your Evening With Untreated TMJ Disorder
You make it home and should be helping with dinner and the kids. But you just can’t, not today. You feel guilty, but with a migraine and jaw pain, you just need to lie down in a dark room. You hear everyone talking and playing in the next room.
Dinner is rough. Even eating soft foods causes some pain, but you need to eat. So you tough it through and eat dinner with everyone. The stress and pain make your temper short, so you skip spending time with the family and head to bed early.
At our Leawood, KS dental office, you can get treatment for your TMJ disorder. Our NTI splints and special mouthguards can take pressure off your TMJ so they can heal naturally. It’s a slow process, though, which is why it’s important to start TMJ treatment soon.