A Guide to TMJ/TMD

TMJ, also known as temporomandibular joint, is a bone that connects your jaw to your skull. This area, which are in front of the ears, allow you to talk, yawn, and chew. It’s a bone we use all the time, which makes it very difficult if it has any problems.

Understanding TMD Pain

TMD is pain of the TMJ area and it is sometimes accompanied by difficulty eating. The cause of TMD has many variations, but it is possible to treat the problem. Here are some of the causes:stock15

  • Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Irregular movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint

Pain and discomfort are the most general and obvious symptoms. The symptoms may be temporary or they may last for a decade. The condition is more likely in women. Here are some symptoms to look for:

  • Swelling on the sides of your face
  • Pain in the jaw joint area, around your ear, or your neck or shoulders
  • Problems keeping your mouth open
  • Clicking sounds that may or may not be painful
  • Jaw gets locked in open or closed positions

Call for An Appointment to Alleviate Your Pain

If you are experiencing or have experienced any of these symptoms, you may have TMD. Contact us today for a complete check up. If we find that you do have TMD, we will create a treatment plan tailored to your exact condition.