According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), also referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD), are the most common source of chronic facial pain and jaw dysfunction. It is estimated that more than 10 million people in the United States are affected by temporomandibular joint problems.
What is the Temporomandibular Joint?
There are two temporomandibular joints that connect the left and right sides of the lower jaw to the temporal bone. Both joints and their associated muscles, ligaments and tendons work together to allow the jaw to move up and down, front to back and from side to side. The TMJ makes chewing, speaking, yawning and all jaw movements possible.
TMJ disorders can fall into one or more of the following three categories:
People may experience a wide range of symptoms including earaches, tinnitus, headaches, back or neck pain, vertigo, muscle spasms, joint tenderness, jaw pain or popping or limited movement of that joint.
Please mention any of these concerns to your doctor or hygienist so we can help determine the cause and the proper treatment.