Answering five questions you will be able to get an idea of whether you suffer from DCM.
Overload of the TMJ may cause earache due to their proximity, specially when there’s a clenching habit. Hiperacusia, ear plugging, dizziness and tinnitus can also be present in these situations.
If you feel easily tired when eating hard foods, or too much tension when opening wide, you may be overusing your masticatory muscles. You should be aware of your body posture during daylife, and also take control of possible parafunctions like nail biting or clenching and grinding.
Orofacial and jaw pain is one of the most common concern we see in our clinic. . It can develop due to toothaches, but it’s very typicall also that it may iresult from a craniomandibular disorder.
If you are experiencing jaw clicking and locking, you may have a damaged or inflamed joint. It’s not a catrastophic situation, but you really need to take care of your oral stability and parafuntional habits.
Oppressive headaches in the frontal, temporal and parietal areas of the head may be related to teeth clenching. When muscles are stressed they often form tender “trigger points” that can refer pain to other areas of the body. Behavioural control and conservative treatment like a well adapted occlusal splint can really improve the situation.