The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is susceptible to damage and can be painful when it no longer works as it should. TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular disorder) are common issues that cause headaches, jaw pain, toothaches and other symptoms. At Rolling Hills Dentistry, we can accurately diagnose TMD and offer general dental treatment to stop the pain and discomfort.
TMD can be caused by many issues. Misalignment of the bite is one issue, but the most common cause is teeth grinding or bruxism. Excess pressure on the jaw joint from repeated grinding or clenching of the teeth can damage the joint. This often occurs at night, making it difficult to control. TMD can result in many painful symptoms, including:
- Popping or clicking when opening or closing the jaw
- Pain when chewing
- Facial tenderness or neck pain
- Toothaches or headaches
- Locking jaw or difficulty opening/closing the jaw