TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), happens when the hinge connecting the upper and lower jaw isn’t working as it should. This is one of the most important, yet complex joints of our body! It’s role is to move our lower jaw backwards and side to side. If you have TMJD, you may experience he sensation of your jaw popping or “getting stuck”. The exact cause of this disorder is often difficult to determine.
Symptoms of TMJD include:
- Headaches, pain and pressure behind the eyes
- Clicking or popping sounds when you open/close your mouth
- Pain when opening your mouth, chewing etc.
- Tenderness of jaw muscles
- Swelling of the face
While there is no specific single cure for TMJD, you can consult with your dentist for different treatments that can dramatically reduce your symptoms. Contact us at Maple Family Dentistry today to find out more!