What is TMJ?

The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is sometimes referred to simply as the jaw joint. This joint connects the lower jawbone to the rest of your head and is responsible for the smooth movement of your jaw in speaking, chewing, eating, yawning, and more. TMJ may also refer to TMJ disorder, or TMD. This disorder often causes significant pain and discomfort in the jaw, face, head, and neck. TMD may be caused by a variety of factors, including arthritis in the TMJ, a misaligned jaw joint, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), or trauma to the jaw, head, face, or neck.

Do I have TMJ?

You may have a TMJ disorder if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • Clicking, grinding, or popping sounds in the jaw when you open and close your mouth
  • Painful, difficult chewing
  • A locked or stuck jaw
  • Pain when opening and closing your mouth
  • Ear pain or ringing in the ears
  • Chronic pain in the jaw, face, head, or neck
  • Frequent tension headaches or migraines

How do you treat TMJ?

If you have TMJ in Dearborn, Michigan, our dentists will carefully examine your jaw to determine the cause of the disorder. We will then recommend treatment, which may include lifestyle changes, facial muscle relaxation exercises, restorative dentistry, or oral appliance therapy. We invite you to contact us today at Dearborn West Dental to learn more and to set up your next visit with Drs. Farber and Farber.