My jaw has been hurting, feels locked, and pops frequently. It hurts when I chew and grind my teeth. Could this be TMJ? What are symptoms? How to diagnose yourself? Do I go to a doctor or dentist?
It sounds like you are experiencing Temporomadibular Joint Disorder. This disorder can come and go throughout a lifetime or become constant. Signs of TMD are pain in the jaw, ear aches, headaches, popping and clicking, and can cause your jaw to lock. This condition is usually brought on by stress, however can develop overtime if your dental bite is not properly aligned. Most dentist can diagnosis this condition, however we recommend you to visit a dentist that specializes in this disorder. More than likely the recommended treatment will be some kind of mouth appliance to alleviate the pain and symptoms. Grinding of your teeth is a common cause of this condition, therefore if you are grinding your teeth in the day we recommend you stop because if aggravates this disorder. Make an appointment with a dentist to get the proper diagnosis. In the meantime place heat packs on the side of your jaw to decrease any inflammation several times a day.
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