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Have you ever heard of temporomandibular joint disorder? Sadly, TMJ disorder affects the jaw hinges that connect your jaw to your skull. These hinges also affect your jaw’s movement. TMJ disorder itself can lead to a number of serious issues, including pain in your jaw, neck or throat. Still, would you be surprised to learn that there are a number of other issues you could experience?

As you may have guessed, TMJ can affect more than your neck and your jaw. In fact, if you have TMJ disorder, you could experience common headaches and even migraines. You’ll usually experience these headaches because TMJ makes it difficult for you to chew correctly. This places pressure in the wrong areas, resulting in these issues.

People with TMJ may also experience odd sounds when they chew, or when they open or shut their mouth. This is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ. If your TMJ isn’t addressed, the sounds you hear could get louder and more persistent. These sounds could even become painful in time. Ear and facial pain can also stem from TMJ disorder. If this pain becomes too intense, it can actually cause your muscles to lock in place.

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to address this problem. If you’re interested in learning more about TMJ, or about how you can address the issue, please don’t hesitate to contact McCord Orthodontics at 208.529.8333. Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.