What you need to know about TMJ disorder.

The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the temporal bones in the skull, and it allows the jaw to move from side to side and up and down. Without the temporomandibular joint, you wouldn’t be able to chew, talk or even yawn! Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder affects the muscles and joints of the temporomandibular joint, and it can lead to painful chewing, popping or clicking jaw, nerve inflammation, damage to the teeth, chronic headaches and degeneration of the jaw joints.

What causes TMJ disorder?

Bruxism (teeth grinding), disharmony between the teeth and jaw, trauma to the  jaw, underdevelopment of the jaw and arthritis are all risk factors of TMJ disorder. The exact cause for each individual is often complex and multi-layered.

How do you know if you have TMJ disorder?

There are many symptoms that you can watch out for that indicate TMJ disorder, including headaches, damage of teeth, ear pain, clicking or popping of the jaw, pain in the jaw, sore neck or jaw muscles, facial pain, shoulder pain and dislocation or locking of the jaw. If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our dentist in Lawrence.  We provide effective TMJ treatment that can help you to relax your bite and ease the pain. Learn more about our TMJ treatment by staying tuned for our next blog and watch our TMJ VIDEO!