The temporomandibular joint is the proper term for the joints and jaw muscles that sit on either side of our skull. Luckily for us, TMJ is the abbreviation used to describe these joints. If you place your finger right next to your earlobe and move your jaw as if you are chewing something, you will be able to feel the temporomandibular joint as it slides up and down. The muscles and ligaments attached to the TMJ help you chew, swallow, and speak.
When you start to feel stiffness or pain in your jaw, neck, or you have frequent headaches, it could be caused by a condition known as Temporomandibular Disorder. Typically, symptoms of TMD can be relieved with over-the-counter medications. However, if the joint becomes severely stressed, eroded, or damaged, it can lead to painful symptoms that must be seen by your dentist.
If so, an evaluation is necessary to determine the cause.
When you visit us at Milford Dental Excellence, we will work with you to determine the cause of your TMD. We will check your jaw for any popping or clicking, joint and muscle sensitivity, or stiffness in the jaw. Then, we will work with you to implement an appropriate treatment plan.
If your TMJ is functioning correctly, your jaw should move in a smooth, pain-free manner while talking, eating, yawning, etc. If either TMJ is misaligned, you may experience pain and discomfort throughout the area (TMD).
If you believe that you are suffering from a temporomandibular disorder, get in contact with us!
Office is amazing! Wouldn’t go anywhere else in town. Have been going here about 8 years and the entire staff is phenomenal! My 7 year old even loves coming to the dentist. They have helped me with exams, Affordable teeth whitening, procedures, and and a night time mouth guard to prevent grinding at night due to TMJ symptoms. They are great and give you personal attention and remember u every time u come back! Treat you like your family!