TMJ can cause a host of difficult to diagnose symptoms.
To help you discover if you jaw is, indeed, the culprit for your pain, here are a few simple tests you can do at home to find out a little bit more about what is at the root of your TMJ symptoms.
Please note! These are preliminary ‘Self Tests’ to help you understand the symptoms of a TMJ disorder. A neuromuscular diagnosis by a qualified dentist is required.
TMJ builds over time – catch it early and you’re better off
Your body’s ability to cope with chronic strain and stress lessens as you age.
It may take decades before you are aware of a TMJ disorder. Many of the signs and symptoms of TMJ problems do not cause pain. You may be unaware of the destruction that is happening with your jaw joints, your teeth, and your spine. As you age, your ability to cope with this damage, with this constant stress and strain will be diminished. By then, the outcome of treatment may be compromised. The lesson is early diagnosis and treatment of any TMJ Disorders.
Pain is a significant symptom, but it’s not the only signal for a TMJ dysfunction. Years of poor posture, wearing teeth, damage to jaw joints, neck vertebrae, loss of the bone and gum tissue around the roots of your teeth, are often slow processes of destruction without severe pain or other problems in an early stage.