TMJ & Facial Pain Solutions
A man holding his jaw in pain.

What are Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ)?

They are two joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. These joints slide and rotate in front of the ears and consist of the lower jaw and the side and base of the skull. TMJs are complex joints, as they along with several muscles, allow the mandible to move in multiple directions (up and down, side to side, and forwards and back). Properly aligned jaw and joints allow for smooth movements, such as talking, chewing and swallowing. Problems can arise when these structures – which include muscles, ligaments, disk, jawbone, temporal bone - are not aligned or synchronized when moving.

What are temporomandibular disorders (TMD)?

These are disorders of the temporomandibular joints, muscles of the jaw and the nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Any problem that prevents the complex and synchronized system of muscles, bones, and joints from working together may result in TMD.

Common symptoms of TMD:

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw joint
  • Aching in or around the ear
  • Surrounding face and neck pain
  • Pain and tenderness in specific or entire jaw area
  • Locked/limited movement in the jaw
  • Discomfort and trouble with chewing
  • Clicking sounds or an unusual feeling when chewing
  • Swelling of face
  • Toothaches
  • Headaches
  • Sleep Apnea

If you are noticing any of the above symptoms, an examination by our dental team is recommended to check the joints and listen for any unusual sounds. Digital x-rays may also be recommended for a thorough look at the TMD.

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