Hundreds of people in our community suffer from chronic facial pain such as headaches, earaches and jaw pain. A likely culprit to these aches and pains may be related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
The TMJ is a joint located on each side of the head right in front of the ears. The joints are made up of bones, discs, muscles and ligaments. The TMJ acts like a door’s hinge, opening and closing the mouth as well as lets the lower jaw move side to side and front to back.
While a dentist would need to perform an examination to officially diagnose TMJ disorder, here are some signs and symptoms that can indicate a TMJ disorder:
There are multiple factors that lead to TMJ disorder. Arthritis, jaw dislocation or injuries and a misaligned bite for example.
Dr. Kile can perform a comprehensive examination to determine if you have a TMJ disorder and how Darby Dental Smiles can help. Watch Dr. Kile explain what she is looking for during a TMJ exam.
Feel free to Connect with Us if you have any further questions about TMJ, or schedule your consultation today to take a step towards a TMJ pain-free future.
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