TMJ Pain More Common In Women

Saturday, July 14th, 2012, 4:39 pm

TMJ pain is real and it can be debilitating. Our jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) is incredibly complex and can cause a great deal of discomfort, expecially for women. Headaches and facial pain due to problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) affect more women than men. A recent review in the Journal of the American Dental Association looked at the reasons for this disparity.

Many studies have shown that women are at higher risk for many clinical pain conditions and evidence suggests that women and men do not experience pain the same way or to the same degree.  Anatomy and hormonal features may be the reason for this difference. According to Dr. Thuan Dao of the University of Toronto the sex difference in orofacial pain starts at puberty, peaks during the childbearing years and starts to decline at menopause.

Women who experience facial pain, migraine headaches and neck pain due to temporomandibular joint problems may spend years seeking a diagnosis. Many of the symptoms mimic other conditions or they may be simply dismissed as psychosomatic – until they find a dentist who understands the temporomandibular joint.

If you experience frequent headaches, feel pain in your jaw, neck or upper back, hear a popping noise in your jaw or your ears feel stuffy or “full” you may have a TMJ disorder. Appropriate treatment can relieve your pain without a lifetime of pills. TMJ pain is not only experienced by women – many men simply ignore their symptoms.

To find out more or to schedule your consultation please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.

 

 

 

 

 

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