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How Do Dentists Find Out If You have TMJ in Doral?

TMJ Symptoms

If your jaw often feels painful, locks or clicks when you eat, you might have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). This is a common problem that is estimated to affect around 30 percent of adults at some stage in their lives. TMJ can have several causes and affects people of all ages.

If you think you might have a temporomandibular joint disorder, you should visit your doctor or dentist for a full examination and discuss the TMJ treatments in Doral, Miami, and Brickell that are most suitable for you. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are two joints at the back of the lower jaw that connect it to the upper jaw and the skull. They are located in front of each ear.

This joint acts as a ‘hinge’ that allows your jaw to move when you eat, speak and perform other facial movements. The temporomandibular joint is a complex structure of hard and soft tissues that allow the jaw to move in multiple directions. When something happens to prevent this joint from working properly, you may find it difficult or painful to move your jaw. You could also experience pain and discomfort in other areas, such as your ears or head. TMJ is also sometimes called TMJ dysfunction.

When you visit your local clinic like Dr. Sonia Olivares, we’ll ask you to describe your symptoms and then carry out a comprehensive physical examination of your mouth and jaw. Because TMJD can be related to other health problems or aspects of your lifestyle, you’ll need to give us a detailed medical and social history.

If necessary, Dr. Sonia Olivares will request x-rays and a CT or MRI scan to examine your jaw and joints in detail. Dr. Sonia Olivares will then discuss the most suitable TMJ treatments for you, based on your individual circumstances and the likely cause of your condition.

In many cases, TMJ is a short-term problem that will go away by itself within a few months, but some cases can also be long-term. Either way, Dr. Sonia Olivares will recommend TMJ treatment in Doral that can help relieve any pain and discomfort. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Sonia Olivares to learn more about your dental care options. Call 305-620-8272 to make an appointment.