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Do you have persistent muscle aches in the neck or back, headaches, migraines or an aching lower jaw? TMJ may be to blame.
If you suffer with persistent muscle aches in the neck or back, headaches, migraines or an aching lower jaw, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) may be to blame. TMJ can be caused by a variety of conditions, including involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth while sleeping, a previous injury to the jaw or damage to the joint cartilage from arthritis. The result is a stiff, aching jawline that triggers pain throughout much of the body.
While many cases of TMJ are relatively minor and will heal themselves, more serious cases may require dental intervention. Without proper treatment, TMJ can sometimes result in permanent damage to tooth enamel and the supportive structures of your mouth, so it’s always best to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Ostrem if symptoms of this painful condition appear.