Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction is any condition in which the TMJ does not function properly. The temporomandibular joint connects the mandible a part of the skull. It is a unique joint in the body because it is the only one that provides both translational and rotational movement (ginglymoarthrodial) for the mandible.
TMJ Disorder symptoms can sometimes be alleviated through the efforts of your general dentist. Persistent or more severe cases may require the intervention of a specialist.
Common symptoms that may be associated to TMD include:
- Pain in the jaw muscles.
- Pain in the neck and shoulders.
- Chronic headaches.
- Jaw muscle stiffness.
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw.
- Ear pain or pressure.
- Painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth.
- A bite that feels “off”.
If you are having pain or other symptoms originating from the TMJ speak to your dentist about seeing a specialist.