Posted on 14 May 2021

A temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder affects the joints which allow the jaw to function properly. Morning headaches and jaw pain are just two signs of TMJ disorder. Your dentist can assess your TMJ discomfort and provide treatment options.

Key takeaways:

  • TMJ discomfort may be caused by underlying conditions, including teeth grinding, stress or arthritis.
  • Lifestyle changes such as eating softer foods, or jaw exercises may be recommended by your dentist.
  • If further analysis is needed to find the cause of TMJ pain, an X-ray or scan may be required.

"To determine if there’s something else going on with your temporomandibular joints, your dentist may take x-rays or refer you to get a CT scan or MRI. These scans can help identify if there’s an issue with your joints such as arthritis, potentially a tumor, or another issue that’s causing your discomfort."


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