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6 Frequently Asked Questions about TMJ Pain

New York NY TMJ Causes

You’ve probably heard a few people complain about having “TMJ” while rubbing their temples and wincing in pain.

Now that your jaw has started to ache, you’ve got a few questions about what may be going on.

Here are some quick answers to a few of the most common questions about TMJ pain.

What does “TMJ” stand for?

TMJ is an abbreviation for “temporomandibular joint.” That’s the hinge where your lower jaw attaches to the rest of your body. The TMJ is a complex joint that can move in different directions.

Do I have TMJ?

Everyone born with a jaw has a TMJ! But some people use the abbreviation to describe a condition known as TMJ disorder, also known as “TMD” or “TMJD.” You’ll need to see a TMJ and TMD specialist for a diagnosis if you suspect something is wrong with your TMJ.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

Common symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Ear and/or eye pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Limited jaw opening
  • Clicking or popping noises when you move your jaw
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pain while chewing
  • Neck or shoulder pain

What’s causing my TMJ pain?

TMJ disorder can be linked to a variety of things such as stress, teeth grinding, trauma, tooth alignment, an underdeveloped jaw, and more.

Does my insurance cover TMJ treatment?

That’s going to depend on your individual insurance company and plan. Some procedures may have dental coverage while others fall under your medical insurance policy.

Will I need surgery on my TMJ?

Surgery tends to be a last-resort. Your treatment for TMJ will almost always start with conservative, non-invasive treatment and gradually progress to other stages as needed.

To learn more about TMJ treatment, contact Bob Perkins, DDS.

Posted on behalf of Bob Perkins, DDS