TMJ stands for Temporo mandibular Joint, which is the name for each joint (right and left) that connects your jaw to your skull. TMJ (temporo mandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint.
Do you have a TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorders develop for many reasons
• Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
•Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
•Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
•Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
•Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
•Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
•Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat or yawn?
•Have you ever injured your neck, head or jaws?
•Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
•Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
•Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
•Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
•Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?
The more times you answered "yes", the more likely it is that your have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help you understand how they are treated.
There are various treatment options that we utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, we determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care joined with professional care.