How Can Your Dentist Relieve Your TMJ Symptoms?

How Can Your Dentist Relieve Your TMJ Symptoms?

by Natalie (SU)
You wake up with an earache, and a feeling like water in your ear. A little later, you start to hear ringing. So you call your doctor because you think you have an ear infection, right? Well maybe, but did you know these symptoms can also be caused by a problem with your jaw? Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. Normally, it helps your jaw move up and down, unimpeded, so that you can chew, talk, or open and close your mouth. Disorders of this joint can greatly disturb your quality of life, as well as diminish your work productivity. However, while some of the symptoms seem obviously related to joint dysfunction, others are quite surprising. So how can you tell if you have a TMJ disorder, and how can your dentist help to relieve your symptoms?