Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (commonly known as TMJ or TMD) affects many adults and the symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and debilitating. This condition occurs when the muscles of your jaw, or the temporomandibular joint itself, do not work together to properly move your jaw in the motions that should occur. The condition can impact one, or both sides of your face. TMD is more common in women but can certainly occur with men. The age group most at risk includes ages 20-40.

Some of the first signs of improper temporomandibular joint function include a sore jaw or mouth. This can be due to clenching or grinding of your teeth. Sufferers may also deal with clicking or popping noises, or trouble using your jaw to chew or open the way it normally should. Other symptoms that could be tied to the disorder include headaches, dizziness, earaches and other pain in areas near the head.

Symptoms of TMJ/TMD

  • Migraines
  • Pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Aching pain in or around your ear
  • Difficulty or pain while chewing
  • Locking or popping noise in jaw

Possible Treatments of TMJ/TMD

  • Oral appliances
  • Dental restorations
  • Muscle relaxation treatments
  • Referral to an oral surgeon

To diagnose TMD, one of our dentists will discuss your health history and complete a comprehensive exam. The dentist may also take x-rays to see your jaw and to rule out other tooth problems. After completing this evaluation, we will discuss the best option for your specific condition and help you make the best decision for your overall health. Treatment options will range from oral appliances, dental restorations, treatments to relax the muscles of the face, or a referral to an oral surgeon who specializes in your unique treatment needs.