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TMJ disorders often cause pain or discomfort when chewing. Patients also frequently experience chronic dull pain around the jaw and cheek area. This may be accompanied by popping, clicking, or grating noises when opening or closing the mouth. In extreme cases, the jaw can even become locked, making it difficult to open or close the mouth.
TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joints. These joints are responsible for attaching the lower jaw (otherwise known as the mandible) to the rest of the skull. The lower jaw and the skull are connected by a variety of muscles and ligaments, which work together seamlessly when the lower jaw is in the correct position. The head of the lower jaw bone is a condyle. The condyle fits into a socket formation within the temporal bone called the glenoid fossa separated by an articular disc. The two bones of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are held together by a number of ligaments.
Between the two bones of the temporomandibular joint, there is a piece of cartilage known as the articular disc. This disc, which is attached via muscle tissue, reduces friction and keeps the bones from grinding together when we open or close our mouths.
If you think you are suffering from a TMJ disorder — contact us. We can help, and relief is readily available. Using state-of-the-art technology we can diagnose and treat your TMJ disorder. Don’t live in pain any longer; get in touch with the staff at our office today for a TMJ treatment.
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