TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that is the connection between the rest of the head and the lower jaw. The abbreviation “TMJ” is often used to connote TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. This occurs when the jaw becomes stressed, injured, or misaligned, and can be the result of many different factors. These factors can include; stress, teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism), arthritis affecting the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the jaw, neck, or head.
Suffering from TMJ can result in many symptoms including frequent jaw or facial pain. Other symptoms include:
- Frequent headaches
- Neck, shoulder, or ear pain
- Pain while chewing or biting
- Lack of ability to open mouth wide while speaking, yawning, or chewing
- Grinding, clicking, or popping sounds while opening or closing your jaw
Our dedicated team can help discern the factors behind your TMJ disorder and can then recommend adequate treatment. This treatment can include processes like jaw and facial relaxation techniques, night mouth guards, jaw surgery, or others. To learn more about TMJ treatment and to schedule an appointment or consultation, please contact us today.