Most people don’t give a second thought to their temporomandibular joints until the TMJ begins to cause pain. If speaking, chewing, and swallowing have become painful and uncomfortable burdens, you are most likely suffering from a TMJ disorder.
You are hardly alone! As many as 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorders that cause pain and dysfunction when the jaw moves. You don’t need to endure this health condition alone; your dentist can evaluate your mouth and recommend treatments to heal your TMJ and help you chew, swallow, and speak without pain.
What Are TMJ Disorders?
TMJ disorders are any problems that impact the temporomandibular joints that connect the lower jaw to the side of the head. In a healthy mouth, these joints are flexible in order to allow the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side. A fully functioning TMJ makes it possible to chew and talk with ease.
However, many types of trauma can trigger the development of a TMJ disorder. The most common sources of trauma include teeth grinding, tooth and jaw misalignment, injury, and arthritis. Read more…