TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. There’s one on each side, and they attach your jaw to the bottom of your skull. The muscles near them let you to open and close your mouth. But sometimes, the joints get out of line or don’t move as they should. Up to 15% of adults, mostly ages 20 to 40, have it. It happens more in women than in men.
Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:
TMJ disorders can also cause a clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth or chew. But if there’s no pain or limitation of movement associated with your jaw clicking, you probably don’t need treatment for a TMJ disorder.
The temporomandibular joint combines a hinge action with sliding motions. The parts of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and are separated by a small shock-absorbing disk, which normally keeps the movement smooth.
Painful TMJ disorders can occur if:
In many cases, however, the cause of TMJ disorders isn’t clear.
TMJ can be treated in many ways. At Warm Family Dentistry, you can have the best treatment for TMJ. These are the options:
Along with other nonsurgical treatments, these medication options may help relieve the pain associated with TMJ disorders:
Nondrug therapies for TMJ disorders include:
When other methods don’t help, your doctor might suggest procedures such as: