TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your jaw joint and head and neck musculature. If you have had symptoms such as pain or a "clicking" sound, you’ll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.
TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. Some causes include excessive clenching or grinding of your teeth. These activities cause tightening of your jaw muscles and stressing of your TM joint. Or, you may have a damaged jaw joint due to an injury or disease. Whatever the cause, the symptoms may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noises, or trouble opening your mouth wide.
The more times you answered "yes," the more likely that you have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help you understand how they’re treated.
There are various treatment options that Dr. Tidwell can utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaws. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Dr. Tidwell will determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care as well as professional care.