Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

Also called: TMJ, TMJ syndrome

Pain and compromised movement of the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles.
Very common, more than 3 million US cases per year

  • Treatable by a dentist specially trained in treating TMJ
  • Medical doctors do not know how to diagnose or treat
  • Lab tests or imaging usually required
  • Life robbing pain only a dentist can help

The temporomandibular joint or TMJ acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. Dysfunction can lead to pain and discomfort. Jaw pain, difficulty chewing, and clicking and locking of the jaw joint are some of the symptoms. Most think their pain is due to a medical problem when in fact it is a dental problem. Common treatments include medications, bite guards, and physical therapy.

Ages affected Commonality
Consult a professional for advice
0–2 Very rare
3–5 Very rare
6–13 Rare
14–18 Common
19–40 Very common
41–60 Very common
60+ Very common

The pain may occur with talking, chewing, or yawning. Pain usually appears in the joint itself, in front of the ear, or it may move elsewhere on the, face, scalp or jaw and lead to headaches, dizziness, and even symptoms of migraines. TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and hearing loss.

If you have any questions or concerns about TMJ, or you are experiencing any of the symptoms described, please give us a call at 361-782-7191 or let us know by reaching out to us using the provided form.

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