What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint, commonly known as TMJ, is a crucial component of the human body that connects the lower jaw to the skull. This joint enables us to perform essential daily tasks such as speaking, chewing, and yawning with ease.
However, sometimes problems may arise, resulting in difficulties with speaking or chewing, including discomfort and pain in the jaw joint. This condition is referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
It is important to address and prevent any issues related to the TMJ to maintain a high quality of life. If you experience discomfort in your jaw and pain while opening your mouth, it is recommended that you seek the assistance of a professional dentist. The dentist will use advanced dental technology to examine your mouth and provide the most suitable solution to improve your comfort and overall well-being.
Jaw Joint Disorder Symptoms
The below symptoms could be signs of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which affects the jaw joint and surrounding areas. If you experience any of the following, it may be a sign of TMD:
- Pain in the jaw while opening and closing the mouth
- Discomfort from stuffiness or ringing in the ears
- Regular headaches or neck pain
- A clicking or popping sound during jaw movement
- Swelling in the face near the jaw joint
- Muscle spasms during jaw movement
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth (locked jaw)
- Changes in the bite of the teeth
TMJ, also known as jaw joint disorder, is a common condition that affects the temporomandibular joint. Fortunately, many cases of TMJ can be treated with conservative methods, such as habits related to clenching and grinding or misaligned teeth. Our Dentists offer a range of treatments to manage TMJ pain, including:
- Protective bite splints or nightguards
- Orthodontic therapy