I mentioned that my fingers were numb during my last dental check up. I wasn’t looking for a diagnosis, just making a passing comment. My dentist said it was because I have TMJ. Is it possible he’s right. That seems like quite a leap to me.
Hannah S. – Mesa, AZ
TMJ can cause numbness in your fingers. Here is what happens. TMJ can cause muscle spasms. All the muscles in your body are connected to one another. This can cause a tingling or numbness in different extremities, including your fingers. However, it isn’t the only cause of numbness, nor is it the only symptom of TMJ. I wouldn’t just jump into TMJ treatment based on that alone. If it is combined with other symptoms then I might be more comfortable.
I would see a TMJ specialist and tell him or her all your symptoms. Let them look at you, check your bite, and evaluate you. Then, if your sure you have TMJ you can have more confidence in getting treatment. If the dentist (with the right credentials) doens’t think it is TMJ, then you would need to see your doctor. Neuropathy needs to be looked at.
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