What is TMJ / TMD?

Diagnosing TMJ/TMD in Ladera Ranch

TMJ symptoms Ladera Ranch and Mission ViejoTemporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, occurs when the muscles of the TMJ are not functioning properly. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the hinge joint that attaches the lower jaw to the skull. You’ll find this joint immediately in front of your ears on either side of your head. Your TMJ is what allows you to talk, yawn, bite down, and chew normally. When the temporomandibular joint has problems, you will suffer from the various symptoms of TMD.

Will TMJ Disorder Go Away On Its Own?

For many people, pain and discomfort resulting from TMJ disorders will go away on its own. For those with more severe, long-lasting symptoms that significantly affect quality of life, treatment is recommended.

Causes of TMD

The causes of temporomandibular joint disorder are not perfectly understood, but may include some of the following:

Bruxism | Teeth grinding habits often place too much pressure on the TMJ, and can cause other serious oral health concerns.

Clenching | Like teeth grinding, frequent teeth clenching will place undue pressure on the temporomandibular joint.

Dislocation | If the soft cushion or disc of the TMJ becomes dislocated, the dislocation can result in the pain and poor function of the joint.

Arthritis | Bone inflammation or stiffness like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can cause problems in the temporomandibular joint.

Stress | Stress can make you tighten and tense up the muscles of your face and jaw, which will exhaust them and make them sore.

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Symptoms of TMD

TMJ disorder is the culprit of many uncomfortable TMJ symptoms like:

  • Jaw clicking and popping
  • Unexplained sensitivity in the teeth
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Congestion in the ears
  • Headaches
  • Migraines

These TMJ symptoms can hinder you in your daily life. They will make normal tasks more difficult and can even confine you to your bed if they become too uncomfortable or painful. Here at Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, we reserve a special focus for TMJ disorder. We provide the most advanced TMJ treatments that will provide you with the relief that you are looking for. Give us a call today to set up your appointment with Dr. Parker if you are in the Ladera Ranch area, including Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo!