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There aren’t many who are aware what TMJ are or how they can be treated for it. Our team is going to provide you with some answers about TMJ in hopes that you feel comfortable about your treatment options.

What are the TMJ joints?

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joints. These joints and jaw muscles, located on both sides of your head, work in unison to help open and close your mouth. They also work together when you do things like chew, speak or swallow.

What are the possible causes of TMJ disorder?

There are wide varieties of TMJ disorder (TMD) causes, some of which include possible dislocation of a disc, arthritis, injury, tooth and jaw misalignment, stress or teeth grinding. Your dentist can adequately diagnose your TMD before recommending a treatment.

What is the difference between TMJ and TMD?

TMJ refers to the joints located in your jaw, as discussed earlier. TMD refers specifically to the disorder. TMD is an abbreviated name for temporomandibular joint disorder. Any problem that prevents the complex TMJ system of muscles, discs, bones and ligaments from working correctly may result in painful TMD.

How is it treated?

There are several different treatment options when it comes to TMD, some of which can be done right in the comfort of your own home. More often times, your dentist will recommend a splint or night guard. These are generally plastic mouthpieces that fit over your teeth so they don’t touch. They are placed to help correct your bite by putting them in a more correct position.

Don’t let TMJ disorder rule your life, call our office today to schedule an appointment with our dentist by calling 757-587-6399.