Information About TMJ Treatments
What is TMJ?
TMJ is an acronym that stands for the temporomandibular joints located on both sides of your face, just in front of your ears. These TMJs connect your lower jawbone to your skull and assist in oral movements like chewing food & speaking. Disfunction or degrading of these joints can cause general pain, problems chewing your food, and in extreme cases, speaking properly. Anyone suffering from TMJ issues should seek TMJ treatments.
What is TMD?
TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and refers to any dysfunction of the TMJ. Many people use the terms TMJ and TMD interchangeably. TMJ dysfunction occurs when the muscles and ligaments around your jaw joints become inflamed or irritated. The condition may be acute or chronic, and the resulting pain may be mild or severe.
TMJ disorder can be caused by injury to the jaw joints or surrounding tissues, teeth grinding & clenching), dislocations of the disc between the ball and socket joint, etc.
Common TMJ Symptoms
Some of the most common TMJ symptoms include:
- Jaw pain
- Neck & shoulder pain
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- A locked jaw
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds
- Difficulty chewing food
- Ringing in your ears (aka Tinnitus).
- Tooth pain
- Swelling of the face
If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms above and feel like you may be in need of TMD diagnosis or TMJ treatments, contact your local City Dental Centers office and schedule an appointment today