The temporomandibular joints – TMJ – are the joints on each side of the head that make it possible for you to open and close your mouth, chew, speak and swallow. These joints work in conjunction with jaw muscles, ligaments and your jaw bone.
TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) are conditions that cause problems or malfunctions with your TMJ. TMD can range from mild to severe. Some symptoms include:
- pain in the ear area
- tender jaw muscles
- popping or clicking in the jaw joint
- pain upon moving the jaw joint
- difficulty in moving the jaw joint
- a feeling of locking up or misalignment in the jaw joint
TMD can be the result of several different conditions, including:
- tooth and jaw alignment
- stress and teeth grinding
There are many different treatment options for TMD, depending on the cause and severity of the disorder in a given instance.
If you feel that you may have problems in your jaw joint resulting in TMJ/TMD issues, contact Owens Family Dentistry to set up an appointment. Dr. Owens can help you evaluate your problems and suggest an effective course of action to remedy your discomfort.
For more information on TMJ/TMD, visit the TMJ page at the American Dental Association.