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Your Encinitas Dentist Answers: Could it be TMJ?

TMJ can be the cause of a variety of painful symptoms that leave patients looking for relief.  In fact, like many of the patients in our Encinitas dentist office, you may be surprised to learn that the persistent headaches and neck pain you are experiencing can actually be the result of a dental condition called Temporal Mandible Disorder, or TMJ dysfunction.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

TMJ, which stands for Temporal Mandible Disorder, is characterized by a clicking or “popping” of your jaw joints.  TMJ has a number of uncomfortable or painful symptoms that affect more than just your mouth.  If you suffer from TMJ, you are likely to experience frequent headaches.  TMJ sufferers also experience muscle tension and discomfort in their jaws and in their necks, particularly when they wake up in the morning. Continue reading “Your Encinitas Dentist Answers: Could it be TMJ?” »