How to Know if You Have TMJ Disorder

Of the many afflictions that can plague your smile, those that affect your mouth’s proper function can often be the most troubling to diagnose. For instance, TMJ disorder, which afflicts your jaw’s joints and ability to operate, can manifest itself in a variety of ways, some of which may not even seem dental related. Luckily, your Southlake dentists, Dr. Gregory Wright and Dr. Victoria Heron, has extensive experience treating patients with chronic jaw pain and other TMJ symptoms. Today, we explain a few ways in which you can determine the likelihood of TMJ disorder, and what to do if you believe your jaw is in trouble.

Besides Chronic Jaw Pain

Because the dysfunction is located with your jaw’s joints (the temporomandibular joints, for which TMJ disorder is named), chronic jaw pain is a common symptom of TMJ disorder. However, since the nerve in your jaw also innervates the majority of your head, neck, face, and other cranial structures, the discomfort can be transferred to a variety of other areas. If your jaw pain is accompanied by difficult movement (i.e., locked jaw), toothaches, chronic migraines, earaches, or pain in your neck or shoulders, then TMJ disorder may be a possibility, and you should visit our Southlake dentist’s office as soon as possible.

Knowing is Only Half the Battle

Although you can determine the likelihood of TMJ disorder by its combination of symptoms, an accurate diagnosis requires an extensive professional examination. Once diagnosed, treating TMJ disorder often involves addressing the underlying condition, which can range from malocclusion (crooked teeth), trauma, a congenital jaw defect, habitual teeth grinding, excessive stress, or a number of other factors.


As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.