Do you know what we’re talking about when we discuss TMJ disorder (TMD) with you? If you don’t know what a TMJ is then the answer is probably a flat out, “Nope!” Since your functional health is extremely important (and since you are experiencing a problem with your jaw that requires care), we encourage you to learn the basics. Once you have the essentials down pat, you can quickly understand what’s happening with your jaw joints, why you need care, and how TMJ treatment works. Let’s iron out those details!
What’s A TMJ?
A TMJ is a jaw joint. The letters are an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint. This is where your cranium connects with your lower jaw.
What’s a TMJ Do?
You have a TMJ on either side of your head because you need to be able to move your jaw. In order to open your mouth, speak, chew, laugh, sing, move your jaw from side to side, etc., you require the joint!
What’s TMJ Disorder All About?
TMJ disorder is a functional problem, which means the way your mouth is working is not quite right. Your TMJ or both TMJs are not functioning as well as they could. They may be damaged, strained, inflamed, or otherwise.
Do I Have This Disorder?
If you experience tenderness in the area of your TMJ, headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, and other related symptoms, you might suffer from TMJ disorder. The only way to find out for sure is to visit us. If so, we can offer treatment.
Is TMJ Treatment Complicated?
No. If you are suffering from TMJ disorder, you will need to wear a mouthguard when you’re sleeping. Pretty simple stuff. It will take the stress off of that joint for improvement and to prevent additional damage.