If you’re suffering from jaw arthritis or other symptoms of TMJ, you’re certainly not alone. About 35 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with TMJ of TMD, but many have been experiencing symptoms for years prior to receiving treatment. Here are some answers to common questions regarding TMJ and facial pain management.
Is jaw clicking a symptom of TMJ?
There are many symptoms of TMJ, but a clicking jaw is not one of them, according to Jawpain.ie. An estimated 30%-50% of the world’s population is thought to have a jaw that clicks, and no treatment is required unless you’re experiencing other symptoms, such as jaw pain or jaw locking, at the same time.
Are musicians more prone to developing TMJ and other mouth problems?
Unfortunately, yes. Studies have shown that musicians are, in fact, more likely to suffer from mouth problems such as TMJ and jaw arthritis. And unlike the common assumption that this only applies to those who play wind instruments, the violin is also known to increase the frequency of TMJ disorders in musicians.
Are toothaches a symptom of TMJ?
Yes, toothaches are one of the many symptoms of a TMJ disorder. Jawpain.ie says, “It is not uncommon for patients with tender TMJs or jaw muscles to present with symptoms identical to that of a toothache. The same nerve supplies the teeth, TMJ and jaw muscles and ‘pain referral’ is not an uncommon phenomenon.”
My dentist told me I grind my teeth, but I’ve never noticed it. How is this possible?
Many people grind their teeth in their sleep, so the statistics on the frequency of teeth grinding are vastly under-reported. If you have inexplicable symptoms such as tooth sensitivity, random tooth pain, and jaw arthritis, there’s a good chance you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep and need a night mouth guard.
Ultimately, these are just a few answers to common questions about TMJ and chronic facial pain. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we’ll answer some more of the most frequently asked questions about TMJ and chronic facial pain treatment.