Every year there are different awareness months. To add to that, there are even multiple awareness themes per month with separate focus days. That can be overwhelming. However, there is one awareness month that we are paying close attention to: TMJ Awareness Month. For the month of November, we are all things temporomandibular joint (TMJ). As you get ready for the holiday season, it is important to understand TMJ disorders (TMD) and how to maintain your health without the pain.

TMJ awareness

Temporomanibular joint disorders are often extremely difficult to diagnose. This is because this condition often mirrors a variety of other conditions. And if your physician doesn’t know what to look for in identifying this condition, you might be treated for something else. As a result, your symptoms tend to stay the same. 

Health care professionals can be hesitant to diagnose TMD because they are unsure of the causes and symptoms. They might also be unsure about how the surrounding muscles are impacted from this condition. 

To reiterate the similarity in symptoms, here are some conditions that can mimic the characteristics of TMD: 

  • That nagging toothache.
  • A stuffy sinus infection.
  • A clogged feeling ear infection.
  • Sharp facial neuralgias.
  • Chronic myofascial pain.
  • Painful headaches. 

If you are experiencing pain in the jaw area, it is important to receive a proper diagnosis from Dr. Mayoor Patel. After completing recommended tests, we can rule out or confirm the presence of any conditions, including TMD. 

Let’s continue to spread awareness for TMD and pain associated with the TMJ throughout the month of November. However, we don’t have to stop there. Keep the conversation going throughout the year! Pay attention to your symptoms, and visit us at Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia for more information on TMD, and what to look out for.