What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects your lower jawbone to the base of the skull and allows for chewing and opening our mouths. This joint is actually made of two hinge points. To accomplish a range of movement, the TMJ allows for rotation, gliding, and hinging. This is a complex joint and when it goes wrong it can lead to pain.
Because this joint is used so often, it can cause a lot of pain and impact normal life when it gets inflamed. Problems with the TMJ are called TMD, temporomandibular disorder, or TMJ disorders. We mostly refer to the condition as TMJ.
Did you know that 15 percent of Americans deal with chronic facial pain including jaw pain or headaches which are related to TMD? Women between the ages of 20-40 are the most impacted. This pain can last for a few weeks and then go away, but sometimes it can go on without end.
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We offer TMJ treatment
If you deal with TMJ pain, you already know that it can be one of the most frustrating conditions. The pain can manifest in your jaw, ear, and neck, or even as a headache. There isn’t always any rhyme or reason around where the pain will show up.
This condition can be difficult to treat but there are options from a mouth guard to botox or orthodontics like braces or Invisalign.
What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?
This problem can impact people differently. Symptoms can include:
- Jaw pain
- Jaw stiffness
- Pain around the jaw, cheek, ears, and neck
- Pain when chewing
- Locking jaw
- Popping, clicking, or grating jaw noises
- Change of facial expression
- Changes in how the upper and lower teeth fit together
What Causes TMD?
There is no single cause. It could be something related to tension in the jaw or temporal muscles. There are many factors that contribute to the problem such as:
- An injury of the jaw or neck.
- Grinding or clenching your teeth.
- Dislocation of the joint
- Badly placed crowns or fillings
- Improper bite alignment
If you are having TMJ pain, please schedule an appointment with us. We work with you to diagnose the problem and start a treatment plan.