TMJ is a disorder that we treat at Drs. Coakley & Trainor Dental Health Care in Woburn. TMJ is a widely known disorder, but it’s something that we many people don’t the details of. “What is TMJ disorder?”, “How is TMJ diagnosed?” and “How do you treat TMJ?” are just a few questions that we’re going to sort out for you today!
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ, also known as the temporomandibular joint, is the one and only joint that joins the skull and jaw together. This joint is located right in front of the ears, and can be easily located just by opening and closing your mouth and feeling the joint with your fingers. TMJ disdisorder comes about when the muscles or ligaments that surround this joint have a problem. Problems that may arise include facial pain, pain while chewing, headaches, a clicking or popping jaw, earaches, locked jaw, tinnitus, generalized tenderness and/or pain around the joint, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, and history of a sleep disorder.
Who tends to suffer from TMJ?
Although anyone can be diagnosed with TMJ, TMJ is more common in women than men. Also, caucasians tend to be diagnosed more frequently than African-Americans. But more often than not, other conditions have been associated with the development of TMJ disorder including:
- Degenerative joint diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Dental malocclusion
- Tongue tie (ankylosis)
- Some birth defects
- Anxiety or other psychiatric disorders
Don’t go anywhere just yet, our dentists have more answers to your questions! Stay tuned for our next blog for more answers you’re looking for.