Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your skull to your jawbone. This joint is located on each side of your jaw and makes it possible to open and close your mouth smoothly. You use temporomandibular joints when you open and close your mouth to chew and speak.
TMJ disorders happen when your temporomandibular joint — comprising your jaw bone, muscles, joints, cartilage, and shock-absorbing disks — isn’t functioning correctly. TMJ results in jaw pain that can be severe.
It’s unclear what causes TMJ disorders, but more than 10 million Americans may be affected. The potential risk factors for TMJ disorders include:
If you have TMJ, you’re likely to experience one or more of the following symptoms associated with this condition:
When you have TMJ, specific activities like chewing can be a painful experience. Fortunately, Dr. Ash suggests several things you can do on your own to ease the pain:
If your TMJ symptoms persist, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ash to review treatment options that reduce pain and accelerate healing. He creates a treatment plan you’re comfortable with.
Common TMJ treatments include:
Just because you have TMJ doesn’t mean you have to live in pain. Call Dr. Ash today to learn more about treatment options or book an appointment online.