An acronym for “temperomandibular joint”, TMJ refers to the ball-and-socket joint that joins the sides of the jaw to the head. This joint is heavily used, and prone to developing issues, such as pain, swelling, soreness, and “clicking” in and out of place. When this hinged joint begins to show signs of trouble, we can evaluate for TMJ disorder, an ailment with a wide variety of symptoms that can lead to changes in bite pattern, pain, and discomfort. TMJ disorder can vary greatly in severity, and so it also has an array of possible treatments.
Common TMJ symptoms include:
- clicking or popping noises in the jaw
- pain and soreness in the jaw, especially when opening or closing the mouth
- frequent earaches or headaches
- stiffness and pain in the jaw
- malocclusion (changes in bite pattern)
Treatment can include orthodontics, physical therapy, a bite appliance, jaw adjustments, or medication. After diagnosing TMJ disorder with an examination and x-rays, we will discuss your treatment options with you to specifically address your symptoms and concerns.
Don’t ignore pain, soreness, or stiffness in your jaw, or other telltale symptoms like a clicking sound when you chew. We can help your TMJ joint – and you- feel much better.