The joint that joins the lower jaw to the rest of the skull is called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. TMJ problem, also known as TMD, is referred to by the abbreviation “TMJ” and develops when the jaw joint is overworked, damaged, or out of place. Stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), temporomandibular joint arthritis, trauma and damage to the head, neck, or jaw, and other conditions can all contribute to TMJ disease.
You may suffer from TMD if you experience frequent jaw pain or facial pain. TMJ disorders may also cause:
- Grinding, clicking, or popping sounds in the jaw when you open and close your mouth
- Inability to open your mouth wide to speak, yawn, or chew
- A locked or stuck jaw
- Pain when chewing and biting
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, or ears
- Frequent headaches
Our dentist can assist you in identifying the disorder’s cause and advising the best course of action. Your condition’s severity and cause will determine your course of treatment. Treatment options include exercises to relax the jaw and face, dietary adjustments, restorative dental procedures, a mouth guard or night guard, or jaw surgery. We invite you to get in touch with us right away to learn more about TMJ/TMD treatment and to arrange a consultation with our dentist.