Published: 08/02/2018

Did you know temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain is a common complaint of those who have anxiety or are overstressed? This may be because stress can cause you to clench your jaw and put strain on the muscles around your jaw joint. If you’re stressed this summer and you feel pain or tension around your jaw, neck or shoulders, tell your dentist. Dr. Douglas Genninger knows how to recognize signs of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and can recommend TMJ treatment as needed.

Symptoms of TMJ Problems

TMJ problems are very common but many people don’t receive treatment because they don’t know what’s causing their symptoms. Here are a few common TMD signs to watch out for:

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Frequent discomfort or tightness in the jaw, neck and shoulder areas
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Crackling or snapping sounds in the jaw when you chew or speak
  • Frequent headaches
  • Muscle spasms or numbness in the jaw area
  • Locking of the jaw

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Jaw locking typically occurs only in severe cases of TMD. When the jaw locks, it can be very painful and can make it impossible to speak or eat. It’s imperative to seek treatment from your dentist in Tampa, FL, if you have any problems with your jaw becoming stuck in a partially open or closed position.

Excessive stress can make mild TMD symptoms even worse. If your high stress levels are accompanied by any of the common signs of TMD, seek treatment right away.

Available Treatments

TMJ treatment options vary, depending on the severity of the condition. Preventative measures may be all you need to keep the condition from developing further, or you may require more advanced procedures. Dr. Genninger can develop a treatment plan for you after examining you and asking a few questions about your symptoms. To schedule your appointment with our respected dentist in Tampa, FL, call Genninger Dental today!

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