Are you finding that your face is stiff and in pain?
Have you been experiencing facial pain or other unusual symptoms like spasms or tingling in the facial muscles or anywhere else in the body, especially your arms, hands or fingers?
These sorts of symptoms are often hard to pin down, but they could be a signal that there is something wrong with your jaw joint. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), to give it its full name, can cause a variety of symptoms and these can be painful and cause you a lot of unnecessary stress. Fortunately, there are solutions to TMJ problems if this is what is causing your face to tingle.
How the TMJ can give your muscles such a hard time
It has been discovered that a TMJ disorder can cause some unusual symptoms that are not always in close proximity to the actual joint(s). There is a simple explanation for this and that lies in the nerves that are found in the face.
The main one is the trigeminal nerve that sends out messages far and wide from your TMJ. In the end the unusual places that are experiencing discomfort are no accident as they are affected by this nerve.
This important nerve is affected when one or both of the joints that normally help you to bite, chew and talk become misaligned. The misalignment causes friction in your TMJ and this can radiate pain and unpleasant sensations to the rest of your body. Muscle spasms around the jaw joints can be particularly alarming as you may feel you do not have complete control over the behavior of your jaws.
Another frightening symptom is a tingling sensation in the arm and fingers. You may attribute this to a serious health problem that’s why you should ensure that your doctor has eliminated physical causes for your discomfort. Muscle pain in your facial region and stiffness in your neck and shoulders can be worrisome too.
Correcting the misalignment can help relieve all those annoying symptoms
There are many physical disorders that have similar symptoms to TMJ disorder, so ensure your doctor has discounted anything medical before you turn to a dentist who is trained in neuromuscular dentistry to diagnose and find a solution for your suffering.
Your dentist should be able to tell if you have temporomandibular disorder (TMD) The dentist may then recommend having a facial x ray. This will confirm if your jaw is misaligned.
Some dentists will recommend the use of dental splint. This treatment involves the use of a plastic guard that the dentist fits over the lower or upper teeth allowing the teeth to move smoothly against one another, which allows the relaxation of the jaw muscles. The use of a splint also helps to stop grinding and clenching of the teeth. Normally, the splint is only worn at night.
Don’t let your pains get you down: treatment may be just around the corner!
There is a solution waiting for you for your muscle pain and spasms, tingling and stiffness. It’s a matter of calling your dentist to find out what solutions are available to you.
If your dentist is able to diagnose a problem with your TMJ, he or she will be able to implement a solution that could help you put a smile back on your face.
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