TMJ- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Introduction

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, often called TMJ or TMD, affects the lower jaw joint which is located near your ears. There are several very strong muscles that move this joint, allowing you to do things such as chew and speak. These muscles also make it possible to grind or clench your teeth, which can cause strain or spasms in the muscles, resulting often in significant pain. Stress, whether emotional or physical, often worsens these habits. You may not realize that you are clenching or grinding your teeth, but your dentist may observe signs of these habits during your visits, such as abnormal wear on your teeth. Other symptoms include headaches, earaches, or clicking and popping when you open your mouth wide. There are effective, conservative treatments such as nightguards or relaxation techniques to help prevent these symptoms and the associated damage from worsening. If severe damage has occurred, surgery may become necessary. Early intervention is the key to success, so contact us today if you experience any of these symptoms.