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About TMJ

If you are suffering from frequent headaches, jaw aches, and acute or chronic facial pain, you could be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction. Often times, patients who have been afflicted with this disorder feel aches and pain around the jaw area and can even experience jaw lock.

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, commonly referred to as TMJ, is a syndrome that involves pain and dysfunction of the muscles that move the jaw and the temporomandibular joints (the joints that connect the mandibular to the skull). It is quite common to for patients with TMJ to feel pain, have restricted mandibular movement, and hear noises caused by the temporomandibular joints (TMJ).

Signs and Symptoms

TMJ is a condition that produces various symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Some patients may experience many symptoms but are still capable of performing everyday tasks. TMJs appear to be more common in women. Specific symptoms could include:

    • Headaches
    • Pain in or around ears
    • Tender jaw muscles
    • Clicking or popping noises in the jaw
    • Difficulty opening or closing mouth
    • Pain when yawning or chewing
    • Jaw joints that feel locked or stuck

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, you may want to come in for a dental examination so that we can diagnose and treat it as soon as possible.

What causes TMJ?

It has been suggested that TMJ develops after physical trauma to the head area but could also include:

    • Arthritis
    • Discolocation
    • Injury
    • Tooth and jaw alignment
    • Stress and teeth grinding