Numbness in the Fingers and Arms
If you have TMJ or suspect that you do, you probably are familiar with the jaw and head symptoms, like pain. But less known is the numbness and tingling that TMJ can cause in your arms and fingers. You may get slight tingling that goes away quickly, but you shouldn’t dismiss it without further investigation.
Your temporomandibular joints live on each side of your head in front of your ears. They connect your mandible (lower jaw) to your skull. One of our body’s largest nerves, the trigeminal nerve, runs through your temporomandibular joint. When the jaw joint is out of balance, it can pinch and cause pressure on the trigeminal nerve. This pressure can send numbness and tingling to other parts of your body, such as your arms and fingers. Slight numbness might not bother you, but it’s possible to experience nerve damage over time.
Consider the tingling and numbness in your arms and fingers in conjunction with other symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, and worn teeth. Tingling alone may not entice you to see your TMJ dentist, but the concoction of these symptoms is a different story.