You have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connecting your lower jaw to your skull and when the chewing muscles, jaw joints, and bite do not work together in harmony, pain is the result. The cause of TMD isn’t always clear, but there are several risk factors. Bruxism, or grinding and clenching of your teeth, can lead to TMD. The disc between the ball and socket joint can become dislocated causing improper joint function and pain. Arthritis of the TMJ can develop due to injury or wearing over time. Elevated estrogen levels can create more flexible joints and lead to popping that puts the TMJ off balance. Examining your jaw for signs of a TMJ disorder (TMD) allows us to get down to the root cause and tailor a treatment plan for your specific needs.
Just as no two people are alike, neither are two TMD cases. There are, however, some common symptoms of TMD including:
We will also make suggestions of steps you can take in your daily life to reduce your symptoms and pain. These suggestions might include: