What is TMJ?
Although many people (including some doctors) refer to the painful jaw condition as “TMJ,” that term is actually a misnomer. In actuality, TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint.” This is the proper name for this particular joint. Everyone has this joint; therefore, everyone has TMJ. The condition that people refer to when they talk about jaw pain, clicking in their jaw, and other symptoms, is known as “temporomandibular dysfunction” (TMD). TMD is a dysfunction of the bones and/or muscles of the TMJ.
The most common symptoms of TMD seen by Dr. Kim at our Easton dental office include clicking noises in the jaw, muscle spasms, restricted jaw movement, headaches, teeth grinding, facial pain, ringing in the ears, and inflammation in the gums and jaw.
Our approach is unique because we go to great lengths to try to figure out WHY a problem is happening, rather than just fixing the symptoms. Our conservative treatment for TMD involves using a customized split for several months to help the bones and muscles reposition themselves better to alleviate pain and discomfort.
If you notice any symptoms of TMD, let Dr. Kim know during your next cleaning and exam at our Easton dental office. We can help indicate the presence of TMD and create an effective treatment plan to relieve your pain.