Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, connects your mandible (or lower jaw) to your skull. This joint is responsible for many jaw functions including chewing. TMJ disorders occur when you have problems with your TMJ or your chewing muscles, and can be caused by stress, grinding your teeth, or continually clenching your jaw muscles.
If you suspect you may have a TMJ disorder, or know you have a TMJ disorder and want to know more about treatment options, please request an appointment.
Common symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
Some patients with TMJ disorders also experience a clicking sound or a grating sensation when chewing or opening their mouths. However, unless these symptoms are accompanied by pain or you also experience movement problems with your jaw there is likely no cause for concern.
Your TMJ both hinges and slides, making it susceptible to general wear and tear. To help protect your bones and joint the areas of bone that interact with your joint are covered in cartilage and separated using a small, shock-absorbing disk. The shock absorbing disk and the cartilage also help ensure that your TMJ movements are smooth.
TMJ disorders can occur if:
There are a variety of factors that can increase your risk of developing TMJ disorders, including:
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