Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull on both sides of the mouth. TMD refers to Temporomandibular Disorder, which are issues that affect the muscles and soft tissues surrounding the TMJ.
Indications of TMD include:
- Clicking in the joint
- Stiffness and/or pain in the jaw
- Sticking of the jaw either open or closed
- Clenching of the teeth
- Pain in the jaw, cheeks and temples, especially upon waking
Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor can diagnose TMD during your dental exam. She will review your specific dental history, including any injuries to the TMJ and the symptoms you experience. Once a diagnosis is made, treatments may include: night guard, bridges, crowns, implantation, symptom relief or other methods to improve the function of your jaw.
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, call our office for a consultation to determine whether TMD is the cause.