The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), located between your jaw and skull, is the joint that allows your mouth to open and close when you eat, speak, or smile. This joint is one of the most complex structures in the human body. The constant use of the TMJ during even normal activities can stress the joint, injuring it or causing it to work improperly.
Symptoms of TMJ disorders can include facial or ear pain, jaw soreness, clicking or popping noises upon opening or closing the mouth, jaw stiffness, headaches, or neck discomfort. Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to debilitating pain.
Diagnosis of TMJ disorders can be difficult, as jaw pain is often related to other conditions, such as poor sinus drainage, arthritis, or facial injury. A qualified and experienced dentist can make a TMJ diagnosis and recommend an appropriate course of treatment to relieve some or all of the symptoms. A thorough physical exam and X-rays may be necessary.
Dr. Rosen and Dr. Dworkin may utilize several methods for treating TMJ, depending on your particular needs. Mouth guards, muscle relaxants, and stress reduction techniques can help. If you are concerned about TMJ and wish to schedule a complete exam with Dr. Rosen or Dr. Dworkin, please contact our office today at (856) 983-7732.