What is TMJ/TMD?

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the joint that connects your jaw to the skull on both sides of your head. TMD (temporomandibular disorder) refers to issues affecting the joint and the muscles and tissue that surround it. TMD will often present itself in ways that appear unconnected to the jaw. Common TMD symptoms include headaches, jaw and facial pain, ear pain, jaw clicking or grinding, bite shifting, ear stuffiness and limited mouth opening. Other common symptoms include:

  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Tooth Pain
  • Throat Pain
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Dizziness
  • Eye pain
  • Sinus congestion

TMJ - TMD

Temporomandibular Joint

What Causes TMJ/TMD?

There are many issues that can cause TMD. During times of high-stress, many people fail to have a restful night’s sleep. This causes them to take out their frustration by clenching their jaw closed or grinding down their teeth while sleeping (bruxism). Symptoms will vary due to their stress levels on patients with this type of TMD. Other causes of TMD can include:

  • Jaw joint disc out of place
  • Osteoarthritis damage
  • Swelling inside the joint
  • Poor posture muscle strain
  • Joint inflammation or strain

How Do You Diagnose TMJ/TMD?

During your visit, Ellis County Family Dentistry will take a detailed dental and medical history. Be sure to tell us about any symptoms or injuries to the jaw and notify us of any chronic illnesses or medications you are taking. We will perform a comprehensive exam of your head and neck and pay particular attention to the jaw muscles and joints. We may recommend a screening X-ray to rule out other issues. At this point, we can recommend an initial treatment plan in most cases.

How Do You Treat TMJ/TMD?

Our team will recommend a treatment plan based on your individual needs. We can help relieve TMJ/TMD pain, reduce stiffness, and increase function in one of the most important joints in your body. Contact Ellis County Family Dentistry today at 972-937-8433.

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