FAQs About TMJ Disorders - Athens Oral Surgery Center

April 15, 2020
An elder man grasps his jaw in pain

Both of your ears have a small joint called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint allows you to freely open and close your mouth while laughing, yawning, eating, and talking. When your TMJ has been injured, you will experience pain while doing these everyday activities. Discover frequently asked questions about TMJ:

How do I know if I have a TMJ disorder?

When your body produces symptoms, it’s trying to communicate that something is wrong. If you identify with any of the following, you may have a TMJ disorder:

  • Clicking sound when opening and closing your mouth
  • Decreased range of motion of the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Headaches and earaches
  • Jaw Pain
  • Locking sensation of the TMJ
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Throat or temple pain

Can a TMJ disorder cause headaches?

Yes, headaches can occur when you clench your teeth together. When your teeth are constantly in a clenched state instead of a relaxed state, your jaw joints are experiencing unnecessary pressure. This can cause headaches.

Do I have to have surgery?

After diagnosing your condition, Dr. Tomlinson can discuss your treatment options. Many people have found relief through medication, therapy, or surgery. You can absolutely try medication and therapy before surgery to see if you experience relief!

Do I have to treat my TMJ disorder?

We highly recommend treating this disorder and not ignoring it, as it will not go away on its own. There are millions of Americans who live with this condition but are not experiencing their highest quality of life! We want you to enjoy your everyday activities and not experience unnecessary pain.

Dr. Tomlinson has successfully treated hundreds of patients who suffer from TMJ disorder. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please call us right away to schedule a consultation: 706-549-5033. We hope to hear from you soon!