Common TMJ Symptoms & Disorders
At Advanced TMJ Concepts, we know that each patient is different, even if they suffer from the same condition.
Familiarize yourself with the TMJ symptoms discussed below, and if you believe you may suffer from TMJ, schedule an appointment at our office with Dr. Lawrence Gottesman.
Understanding Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)
TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)is an inflammatory disorder of the temporomandibular joint consistent with
any one of a number of different forms of arthritis contributing to joint pain and breakdown.
If you believe you have a temporomandibular joint disorder, you can be helped.
Many patients seek our care and professional advice to see if we can help with their pain.
Dr. Gottesman has distinguished himself among his colleagues by uncovering the related causes behind temporomandibular joint and associated disorders.
To aid in your diagnosis and help expedite treatment decisions at the time of your first appointment, we request that you bring the following:
• Blood Tests from the Last Two to Three Years
• Previous Dental X-Rays
• Any Other Imaging Studies
• Doctors' Reports
Three Problems that cause TMJ Disorders:
• Genetic or Acquired Abnormalities that Obstruct Blood Flow to Joints or Related Tissues
• Current &/or Past Infections
• Inherited or Acquired Gene Abnormalities That Predispose Joint Problems
Many patients present with a constellation of symptoms. Some of the most common presentations include:
• Rheumatoid Arthritis and Associated Disorders
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Clogged Ears
• Gastric Reflux Disease
• Thyroid Disorders
• Muscle Pain
Symptoms of TMJ-Related Pain
• Pain While Eating or Talking
• Excessive Mobility
• Joint Noises & Locking
• Clicking & Popping Noises
• Pain When Opening Your Mouth
• Limited Motion
*While all these symptoms are not necessarily caused by a TMJ problem, they actually have common root causes.
Types of Infections Contributing to TMJ Problems:
• Infections Associated with Joint Replacements or Other Surgeries
• Tick-Related or Vector-Borne Infections Such as Lyme Disease
• MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
• Urogenital Infections (Including Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
• Chronic Rhinosinusitis
• Food Poisoning
• Persistent Sore Throats
• Middle Ear Infections
• H. Pylori (Peptic Ulcer Disease)
• Upper Respiratory Infections Such as Pneumonia