TMJ Treatment

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.

These disorders are commonly called TMJ which stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge joint that connects the mandible to the skull and allows the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side.

Causes of TMJ

The cause of TMD/TMJ is not clear, but may arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck can cause TMD/TMJ. Other possible causes include:

People with TMD/TMJ can experience severe pain and discomfort that can be temporary or last for many years. More women than men experience TMJ/TMD and it is seen most commonly in people between the ages of 20 and 40 years old.

Symptoms of TMD/TMJ

Ask Dr. Powell how he can help you if you suffer from any of these symptoms.