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Get the right diagnosis for your TMJ pain in Wichita, KS

Like any other joint, your jaw works because of a number of complex muscles and ligaments that help it to function smoothly. However, just as any other joint can be injured, your jaw can cause problems if it is injured. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) in your jaw can become damaged from overuse and misuse such as from the habitual grinding of teeth or from an injury.

If you find yourself waking up with frequent headaches or you have noticed popping noises in your jaw, these are signs that you may be suffering from a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Some other possible symptoms include the following:
  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Pain around the ears
  • Trouble opening or closing the mouth
  • Pain or difficulty chewing
  • Aching or "tired" facial muscles
  • Ringing ears
Having these symptoms does not mean that you definitely have a TMD. In fact, many of these symptoms are shared with other problems such as arthritis, sinus trouble, and even decaying teeth or diseased gums. However, any of these symptoms may be a compelling reason to visit East Wichita Dentist, especially if you are experiencing pain in your jaw. One of the qualified dentists at our office in Wichita, KS will be able to correctly diagnose your TMJ pain and help you find the right treatment if you have TMD. Because the TMJ is so essential to your ability to function normally every day, having a problem with this joint may call for immediate treatment.

The dentist will usually diagnose TMD by testing the function of your jaw to make sure it opens and closes easily and doesn't cause any popping or grating noises. An X-ray will provide a better diagnosis and help to eliminate other possible problems. Once TMD has been diagnosed, you and your dentist will discuss treatments such as medication, a night guard, correcting your bite, or some basic home remedies. If your jaw has been causing you trouble or you have been experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, don't wait to visit East Wichita Dentist for a diagnosis.

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