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The temporomandibular joints, also referred to as TMJs and are the connected areas between the lower jaw and the base of the skull. TMJ describes a series of conditions that is further characterized by the dysfunction of the muscles located in the jaw and surrounding areas. It could be challenging to determine the accurate source of the symptoms but the symptoms can be treated effectively by an orthodontist.
These joints are actively used several hundred times throughout the course of the day. A patient that is experiencing pain or temporomandibular dysfunction can be significantly impacted since the joints are a vital part of everyday living. There are several reasons why a patient maybe experiencing TMD symptoms and the signs and symptoms associated with a TMJ disorder are comparatively easy to diagnose and distinguish. Patients diagnosed with the disorder are more likely to hear a clicking sound when closing or opening their mouth. The clicking sound is generated by the shifting located inside the joints of your jaw. The patient is also more likely to experience excruciating pain in the cheeks and temples, where the jaw muscles are situated.
These pains may be due to deteriorating cartilage or disc within the joint or inflammation around the muscles that manage the mobility of the joints.
If you suffer from TMJ pain, contact our office today for a consultation.