Intro to TMJ

Your lower and upper jaw is connected by a joint known as the Tempro-Mandibular Joint, or TMJ for short. This is an interesting joint because it is unlike any other in the human body. It allows your jaw to move up, down, forward, back and to move through various rotations.

When you experience problems with this joint, the condition is typically just referred to as TMJ. Here is a quick list of symptoms often experienced when problems arise with this joint:

  • Pain
  • Limited movement in lower jaw
  • Clicking noises
  • Muscle spasm
  • Jaw locking

This condition can be genetic or it may be caused by hormones, infection, auto-immune disease, or simply too much jaw clenching and teeth grinding over time.

A dentist with experience diagnosing and treating TMJ problems can look at your condition, give a diagnosis and then determine the most appropriate treatment. Some treatment options include Bite Adjustments, Bite Guards and Night Guards.

Our doctor are experienced with TMJ problems, so let us know if you experience any of the symptoms listed here or if you just feel you may have a problem.