Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) describes a group of conditions affecting the muscles in your jaw. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the main cause of pain in these cases. These joints connect the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. Located on each side of your head, the TMJs work together so you can do simple, everyday things like chewing your food, speaking to a friend or swallowing your favorite drink.
TMJ disorders cause tenderness in the jaw, facial pain and difficulty moving the joint. You may also notice a clicking, grating, and/or popping noise when you move your jaw. Others may experience lockjaw or difficulty opening their mouth all the way.
While there is no known cause, TMJ affects millions of Americans with trauma to the jaw or face usually playing a pivotal role in the development of this condition.
However, there are a few other conditions believed to contribute to the development of TMD as well, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Here at Novi Oaks Dental Sleep Medicine & TMJ, we are committed to helping people treat this condition. If you think you or a loved one is suffering from TMD, please reach out to our office to schedule an appointment. We can provide non-invasive solutions for pain relief. By wearing a special mouthguard-like oral appliance, many people are able to reduce or eliminate their pain.