TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull at the temporal bone. This joint controls jaw functions, such as chewing. If you are feeling pain when you are chewing, or feeling pain in the joint itself, then you may have temporamandibular disorder (TMD). TMD is often caused by stress, clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth.
Here are some of the symptoms of TMD:
- Pain when opening or closing mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- Jaw becomes stuck open or shut
- Headaches and/or ear pain
- Popping or clicking sounds when opening your mouth
- Grinding your teeth
We treat TMJ and TMD with bite guards and/or Botox and Xeomin.