Disclaimer: These preliminary ‘Self Tests’ may help you understand that though pain can be a significant indicator, it is not the only signal for TMJ dysfunction. A final diagnosis will be required by a professional like Dr. Eddie Siman. If you feel severe pain or you know you cannot do some of these exercises please do not attempt them.
As you age, your body’s ability to cope with chronic strain and stress decreases
It may take decades before you are aware of a TMJ disorder. Many of the signs and symptoms of TMJ problems are painless. You may be unaware of the damage that is happening with your jaw joints, your teeth, and your spine. Over time, your ability to cope with this damage, and constant stress and strain will be diminished. By then, treatment outcomes may be compromised. The lesson is early diagnosis and treatment of any TMJ Disorders.
The following are often quick indicators of TMJ damage:
Please note: These ‘Self Tests’ are designed to help you understand the symptoms of a TMJ disorder. Only a qualified professional like Dr. Eddie Siman can make a final diagnosis. If you feel pain or you know you can not do some of these exercises without experience pain, please do not attempt them.
Constricted capability to open your mouth.
Try this quick test – When you open wide, how many of your fingers can you get between you upper and lower teeth vertically when you open wide? The average person should be able to fit 3 fingers. If you can only get 2 fingers in your mouth then you may be experiencing changes to your Jaw muscles.
Clicking when opening or closing your mouth.
If your jaw joints pop or click when you open or close your mouth then the structures of the joint are usually getting damaged. You may experience no pain but the clicking is similar to a click in a knee joint. Over time there can be permanent damage.
Your jaw opens unevenly.
Look in the mirror and open your mouth, if the lower jaw sways to one side instead of perpendicular to your upper jaw, then you may have a TMJD problem. This could be caused because one of your joints is not moving appropriately. Some patients with this symptom often experience a semi-permanent locked jaw.
If you knew that your current TMJD symptoms could lead to future bigger issues, wouldn’t it make sense to take action NOW? Contact Dr. Eddie Siman’s office to discuss your TMJD symptoms.