Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMJ disorder, is a painful condition resulting from inflammation of the jaw joint. It is often due to teeth grinding or a misaligned bite. You may be suffering from this disorder if you feel clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth, or experience pain when yawning. Other common symptoms include facial pain and headaches. Our highly trained dental professionals provide innovative treatment to their patients for quick, safe relief. Gulch Dental Studios in downtown Nashville, TN, provides TMJ treatment primarily through custom-designed oral appliances and BOTOX® injections.
What is TMJ Disorder?
You have one temporomandibular joint on each side of your jaw. Damaging one or both of these joints can lead to localized and more widespread discomfort and pain. In the simplest terms, TMJ disorder occurs when the jaw joints become inflamed. This can happen for a number of reasons, including:
- Poor posture
- Disk erosion
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a very common condition that causes tension and places pressure on your jaw muscles and tissues. For this reason, it is often tied to TMJ disorder. Bruxism can be attributed to stress, anxiety, rare diseases of the nerves and muscles in the face, or a misaligned bite. In cases where our doctors are not able to help you develop an effective treatment plan, we can refer you to a specialist.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
You may be suffering from TMJ disorder if you are experiencing:
- Pain or tenderness of your jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Migraine-like headaches
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Pain in and around your ear
- Stiff or tight neck muscles
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Muscle spasms in the jaw