Understanding TMJ/TMD

Are you experiencing pain in your jaw, hear a popping sound, have pain on one side of your jaw? You may be experiencing what is commonly known as TMJ but is better described as TMD. If you are in Lawrenceville or the surrounding areas, call Lawrenceville Family Dental Care and they will work with you to determine your source of pain and what to do to relieve your discomfort.

What exactly is TMJ/TMD? TMJ is an acronym for the temporomandibular joint and TMD is the acronym for temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located at the base of your skull near your ear that connects your upper and lower jaw. The joint acts like a hinge to allow your muscles to open and close your mouth to chew, laugh, breathe, yawn, and talk. This joint is one of the most used joints in your body and can get out of line or inflamed and resulting in discomfort. According to WebMD, this disorder affects about 15% of adults between the ages of 20-40. It is more common in women than in men.

What can cause TMD? There could be several causes for your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to become painful and is sometimes hard to determine the exact cause. Damage to the muscles in your head or neck or an injury to your jaw could cause TMD. Grinding and clenching your teeth over time could put stress on the joint. Poor posture, excessive gum chewing, and arthritis could be causes of pain to this joint. Lawrenceville Family Dental Care can help determine your discomfort.

How do I know if I have TMD? Each individual’s symptoms can vary. You may have TMD if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Tenderness or pain in your jaw - this could include face, neck, shoulders, around your ear when you chew, talk, or open your mouth wide
  • Stuck or locking of the jaw - this could make opening and closing your mouth difficult
  • Difficulty or pain when chewing
  • A tired or aching feeling in your face
  • Earaches/Headaches
  • Dizziness or ringing in the ears
  • Clicking or popping sound when opening and closing your mouth

Dr. Ashish Patel at Lawrenceville Family Dental Care is experienced and well-trained in treating TMJ. He uses the latest advances and treatments for TMD. He will work to determine the cause and help minimize any pain connected with this disorder.

Call today to schedule your appointment.

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