Laguna Surgical & Cosmetic Specialists
What is TMJ?
The TM (Temporomadibular) joint is one of the most complex joints in the body, combining rotational and translation movements when chewing and speaking. Located on each side of the head, the TM joint is a ball-and-socket joint located where the upper and lower jaws meet. When the joint is properly aligned, smooth muscle action such as speaking, talking, and chewing can take place. When they are not aligned, several problems may occur.
What is Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)?
Temporomandibular disorders are disorders of the jaw muscles, TM joints, and/or nerves associated to chronic facial pain. TMD is primarily caused by excessive strain on the muscle group that controls chewing, swallowing, and speech. This strain may be a result of bruxism, severe clenching of the teeth, or other physical and mental strain.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
Jaw pain and/or stiffness
Headaches, usually around the temple
Locking of the jaw
Clenching and grinding of teeth
Clicking and/or popping of the jaw
Ringing in the ear and earaches
Limited mouth mobility
Every person with TMD is different. If you have experienced any of these symptoms please call our office to set up an examination. We will diagnose and refer out to the appropriate specialist if needed.