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Do you suspect that you have TMJ disorder? You’re not the only one. In fact, over 10 million people in our nation alone have been diagnosed.

The main characteristic of TMJ disorder is jaw pain. Other symptoms may include an aching pain around the ear, facial pain, trouble chewing, and the locking of the jaw. You may hear or feel a popping noise while working your jaw joints. If there is no pain linked with the popping, however, you will in all probability not need any treatment.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) functions like a center console for the motion of your jaw. It is covered in cartilage and the center of the joint is separated by a small disk that should normally absorb the shock of your mouth’s movements. TMJ disorder can be the effect of that cartilage or disk wearing away or moving out of alignment. It can also take place when there is damage because of arthritis, or because of the aftermath of a blow or another kind of forceful impact. Stress, bruxism, leaning on the chin or biting your nails may all be contributing factors.

Sometimes TMJ goes away on its own without treatment. If your symptoms are persistent, however, Dr. James S. Parham can offer you many courses of treatment. Medication, mouth guards, physical therapy, and even counseling may all be possible options.

If you are experiencing jaw pain and would like relief, you can call 479-756-8631 to visit our J. PARHAM DENTISTRY office in Springdale, Arkansas, today!