TMJ Disorder

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

The signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders vary by patient.
Many of the signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders can be difficult to connect to problems in the jaw joints.
Find out if the symptoms you have observed indicate a TMJ disorder by scheduling a TMJ examination at Houston Dentists at Post Oak.

The signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders include:

  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
  • Repeat and/or migraine headaches
  • Jaw pain and difficulty chewing
  • Pain in the face, temples, and behind the eyes
  • Earaches, often misdiagnosed as infections
  • Locking or seizing of the jaw joints

Meet Our Doctor

Dr. Nicholas Pigneri

A native Houstonian and Eagle Scout, Dr. Pigneri graduated from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. Prior to becoming a dentist, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology.  To remain at the leading edge of dentistry, he has received advanced training in Physiologic Dentistry from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He was selected by his peers as a Houstonia Top Dentist in 2020 and 2021.

Dr. Pigneri is a Neuromuscular dentist, which is an area of dentistry focused on the proper alignment of the jaw.  Dr. Pigneri uses his Neuromuscular dentistry background to treat pain and discomfort caused by TMJ permanently.

Nicholas Pigneri

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Treating TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders develop when problems occur with the joints connecting the jaws to the skull. These joints, known as temporomandibular joints (TMJ), along with the associated muscles and soft tissue, are responsible for opening and closing the mouth. TMJ rotates and slides, controlling the position of the lower jaw. These joints are cushioned by cartilage discs. Damage to the TMJ discs, problems with TMJ alignment, injury to the surrounding muscles and more can all lead to the development of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).

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