You have two joints, called the TMJ’s, and several jaw muscles and ligaments that make it possible to open and close your mouth. They work in concert when you chew, speak and swallow.
The TM joint is a very complicated joint and is located on each side of your head. This joint allows your mouth to make many different movements; open and close, slide forward and back, and slide from side to side, just to name a few. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working together properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder.
Dr. Peter B. Amundson can perform an exam and take x-rays to diagnose the disorder. Many times a sinus problem, tooth ache or even early stages of periodontal disease is the culprit; other times it could be a problem with the joint itself.
Treatments for TMJ pain may include stress reducing exercises, muscle relaxants, or wearing a mouth protector to prevent teeth grinding.
Talk with our staff today if you are experiencing facial or jaw pain. You don’t have to live with this uncomfortable problem.
Other common names used for or with TMJ disorder are Temporomandibular Joint, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Temporomandibular Dystrotium, Temporomandibular Joint Disfunction and Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome.
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