Facts about TMJ

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Do you know where the TMJ’s are? The temporomandibular joints are the ones connecting the lower jaw to the skull. This joint can become damaged and inflamed, causing it to work improperly. This is called TMJD, or TMJ disorder. If you are suffering from this issue, or believe you might be, it is important you seek help from our Orange County dentist as soon as possible. It can also be helpful to know as much as you can about the disorder in the meantime.

While experts are unsure why the jaw joints react this way, we do know they can become damaged or inflamed due to physical injury, stress, poor posture, arthritis, and gum chewing. We also know that is it is a very complicated, yet useful joint, as it is able to move our jaws forward, up and down, and slightly side to side. It is comprised of a disk between the round jaw bone and joint socket. You might be experiencing TMJ due to displacement of this disk.

Common symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Pain in the jaw, head, neck, shoulders, and other surrounding areas
  • Tenderness in the side of the face
  • Stiffness in the jaw
  • Lock jaw, either open or closed
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sensations
  • A change in bite
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ear

To eliminate these symptoms and avoid further pain, be sure to employ the help of our expert in TMJ in Orange County.

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