The temporomandibular joints, commonly called the TMJ, are the joints located on each side of your face where your lower jaw meets your skull. These joints, in conjunction with the attached bones, muscles, and ligaments, are responsible for the movement of your jaw. The joints enable you to open and close your mouth as well as move the lower jaw from side to side. If these joints become irritated, you may find it difficult, and painful, to move your mouth, even a little. Cooley Smiles can help.
Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, is a term that describes some different issues that affect the condition of your temporomandibular joints, your jaws, and the attached muscles and ligaments. These issues irritate the joints or surrounding areas, causing pain as well as difficulty using your mouth.
Pain in the joints and jaw is generally the most common symptom of TMD. There are also several others that may occur, including
What Causes TMD?
TMD can be caused by some different issues.
How is TMD Diagnosed?
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, it is important to be seen as soon as possible. Diagnosing TMD involves a thorough oral exam. We take a close look at your teeth, assessing wear patterns and alignment. We also examine the alignment of your jaws. In addition to a visual exam, X-rays are taken so that we can see the condition of your mouth below the gum line. With a full picture of your oral condition, we can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan that will provide you with the best possible results.
What Treatments are Available?
There are a few different treatment options available for TMD. The exact treatment you receive depends upon your diagnosis.
If your jaw and temporomandibular joints are causing you discomfort, it is time to seek dental help. Call Cooley Smiles today at (425) 569-4545 to schedule your consultation today.