TMJ Specialist

(Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial pain, neck pain and recurring headaches. In some cases, this pain is caused by Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, or commonly known as TMJ.

Your temporomandibular joints connect your lower jawbone to your skull.  Everytime you speak, chew, swallow and yawn throughout the day, these joints are used. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and can even restrict movement.

Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), over 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ.  Signs and symptoms of TMJ can include:

  • Having pain in or around the jaw area
  • A popping or clicking sound when chewing or moving the the jaw
  • Ringing, pain, or stuffiness in the ears
  • A limited opening of the mouth or locked jaw
  • Frequent head or neck aches
  • Swelling on sides of the face
  • Muscle spasms in or around the jaw area
  • A change in alignment of top and bottom teeth

If you notice any of the listed symptoms, inform your doctor. Your oral surgeon can help diagnose the presence of TMJ Dysfunction and create an effective treatment tailored specifically for you.

In addition to speaking with your doctor, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent TMJ from worsening or potentially prevent it from occurring:

  • Keep your face relaxed — remember the rule: “Lips together, teeth apart”
  • Do not grind your teeth.
  • Avoid chewing gum constantly
  • Don’t use your head and shoulder to cradle your phone — use your hand or a headset
  • Always chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Don’t rest your chin on your hand when sitting
  • Practice good posture by keeping your head up, your back straight & shoulders squared

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding TMJ or to schedule an appointment.

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