Of course, our muscle percentages aren’t set. Just like an endurance runner will begin to develop more slow-twitch muscle fibers with conditioning, your jaw will, too. Over time, you might notice that your jaw gets sore, but maybe not as much. Instead, you start to notice more headaches and pain in the neck. That’s because you’ve conditioned your jaw muscles, but not the muscles that partner with them. Now your jaw muscles don’t fatigue as fast, but they’re passing the fatigue on to other muscles, instead.
You might also notice more toothaches, tooth wear, and broken teeth. Symptoms like pinched nerves, tingling, and numbness will become more prominent. You are more likely to notice problems in the function of your jaw joint, such as displacement of the cushioning disc in your jaw. Vertigo, dizziness, ringing in the ears and other ear-related symptoms will become more prominent.
Stop TMJ Early to Limit Symptoms
To help your jaw system remain healthy and functional, it’s important to act quickly on TMJ symptoms. When you start developing jaw pain and notice that you’re clenching your teeth too much, it’s time to consult a TMJ dentist. Using our K7 diagnostic system, we can measure the tension in each of your jaw muscles to identify the source of your tension. We can adjust the position of your jaw until we find the point where your muscles are relaxed. Once we find the best position, we can develop a bite splint that will hold your jaw there so your muscles can relax so they won’t develop pain and soreness. This can stop the spread of symptoms and prevent your jaw muscles from damaging your teeth, jaws, and nerves.
If you have jaw pain in Tulsa that is persistent and getting worse, please call (918) 528-3330 today for an appointment with TMJ dentist Dr. Meghan Hodges.