TMJ is an acronym for “temperomandibular joint”, which is the ball-and-socket joint that joins the jaw to the side of the skull. This joint is constantly used, and so it’s very prone to developing issues, such as pain, swelling, soreness, and “clicking” in and out of place. When these issues become prominent, it’s time to ask your dentist about evaluating you for TMJ disorder.
Common TMJ symptoms include:
- Clicking or popping noises in the jaw
- Malocclusion (changes in bite pattern)
- Pain and soreness in the jaw
- Frequent headaches or earaches
- Stiffness and pain in the jaw
- Evaluating and diagnosing TMJ disorder can involve examination of the area or x-rays.
Treatment can include orthodontics, physical therapy, a bite appliance, jaw adjustments, or medication. Your treatment options will depend on your level of discomfort and the stage of your TMJ issues, and we will always discuss all your available choices with you to form a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Don’t ignore pain, soreness, or stiffness in your jaw, or other telltale symptoms like a clicking sound when you chew. If you’re experiencing any of these signs, let us know - we can help you feel much better!