The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. The term “TMJ” is often used to refer to temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMD, which occurs when the jaw joint becomes stressed, injured or misaligned. TMD may result due to several different factors, such as stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the head, neck or jaw.
You may suffer from TMD if you experience frequent jaw pain or facial pain. TMD may also cause:
Our dentists can help you determine the cause of your TMD and recommend the appropriate treatment. Treatment for the TMJ will depend on the cause and severity of your disorder. TMD treatment may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, a mouth guard or night guard, or jaw surgery. To learn more about TMD treatment and schedule your consultation with our dentists, we encourage you to contact us today.