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TMJ


3D rendered xray of a skull with the TMJ highlighted The temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJ, acts as a hinge where your jawbone meets your skull. There is a joint on both sides of your jaw and if you have a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), you may have problems with your jaw movement and pain in and around your jaw joints. Most cases of TMD are temporary, but our dental professionals at Dental Expressions are here to help in more severe cases.

Temporomandibular Disorder


When referring to temporomandibular disorders they are commonly known as and usually called TMD, the acronyms: TMD, TMJ, and TM, are all used to summarize temporomandibular jaw problems. Once you experience problems with jaw movement and pain do not worry because most people experience jaw pain sometime in their lifetime. It is important to know that joint and muscle problems are complex, so finding the right TMD diagnosis may take a while.

TMD Is Caused By Sleep Disorders And Stress


As long as you have pain in the muscles that control your jaw movement you may have TMD. If you have TMD, the exact cause of your condition can be difficult to determine because sometimes your pain can be caused by a combination of factors. Supposing that you suffer from bruxism, meaning you tend to clench or grind your teeth, that may be the cause of your TMD.

When you have a habit of clenching your jaw under stress you may start to feel pain and develop TMD. It is important to know that the most common cause of TMD is muscle tension, which can be triggered by stress.

The Symptoms Of TMD Vary


People with TMD may hear a clicking sound or feel a grinding sensation when they chew or open their mouths. It is important to understand that if there is no limitation with these movements, and if the pain experienced is few and far between, then you most likely do not need treatment. Jaw pain can be common and usually goes away on its own. A symptom of TMD is a continuous pain in your jaw or temporomandibular joint. This can be accompanied by difficulty chewing or pain while chewing. Another sign is an aching pain in your face or in and around your ear. Some also experience locking of the temporomandibular joint; this will make it difficult to open or close your mouth.

We Can Diagnose Your TMD


Unfortunately, there is no one easy way to diagnose TMD and the best way to determine whether or not you have this condition is by a visit to our dentist where we will ask you questions about your habits and health. We may also check the condition of your mouth with an oral exam and x-rays, which will allow us to observe your jawbone and see any issues.

If you are looking for dental treatments, our dental professionals at Dental Expressions are experienced in providing splints or surgery for TMD. Consult with us today by calling (971) 353-4448.
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