TMJ: Jaw-Joint Problems
TMJ syndrome is a cycle of pain, muscle spasms, and joint imbalance in the area where the jaw meets the skull.
TMJ is an acronym for “temporomandibular joint.” This joint connects the temporal bone of the skull with the mandible bone of the jaw. Cushioning these two bones is a thin disc of cartilage. Five muscles support this joint.
When the balance of these bones, cartilage, and muscles is lost, the result can be:
- headaches and/or earaches
- difficulty in opening and closing your mouth
- clicking or popping in the joint
- dull aching pain around the ear that spreads into the face
Millions of people suffer from TMJ disorder. Treatment and lifestyle changes can break the TMJ disorder cycle and restore comfort to the joint.
If you have any of the symptoms above, please contact our office to discuss the possible approaches to helping you resolve your discomfort.