TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) describes a variety of conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint (the point where the jaw opens and closes) and nerves related to chronic facial pain. These problems are now more easily diagnosed and treated than in the past. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men. In most cases, the symptoms can be treated to reduce or eliminate your discomfort. Postponement of treatment usually results in more damage to the joint, muscles, or teeth.
- Jaw pain or soreness, more noticeable in the morning or afternoon
- Jaw pain while chewing, biting or yawning
- Earache without an infection, sometimes spreading into the face
- Soreness in front of the ear
- A clicking or grinding noise while opening and closing your mouth
- A stiff jaw when eating, talking or yawning
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
- Sensitive teeth without any signs of dental problems
- Aching on the side of the head and neck pain
- A burning sensation in the mouth/tongue
- Grinding of teeth or worn teeth
- Restricted range of jaw movement or “locking” of the jaw in an open or closed position
We take pride in the level of care we are able to provide due to the extensive continuing education we pursued early in our practice career. In order to treat facial pain or TMJ dysfunction, it is imperative that a proper diagnosis is made. We carefully examine the muscles of the head and neck, listen to the joint, examine the bite, and carefully listen to the patient to fully understand the problem. Then, with the patient, begin the process of feeling better and preserving health.
An examination to determine the underlying cause of discomfort. Palliative treatment may be recommended or bite splint therapy may be discussed.