If you suffer from the pain of a popping, locking jaw, then you may have temporomandibular joint disorder. Dr. Murray and Dr. Mazur understand how problems with this system of joints can cause discomfort. Call our dentists if you want to learn more about TMD.
It is estimated that over 10 million Americans suffer from TMD, a condition in which the temporomandibular joint does not function properly. This is the joint that connects the temporal bone (the bone that forms the sides of the skull) with the mandible (the jaw bone).
We use this joint more frequently than most of the other joints in our bodies. Every time we talk, chew, bite down, or swallow we put the temporal mandibular joint (or TMJ) to work. This condition can produce pain in the muscles and joints of the jaw that can radiate to the face, neck, and head and even the shoulders.
Symptoms of TMD include:
- Jaw joint pain, noise or clicking
- Limited mouth opening
- Ear congestion or ringing
- Loose teeth
- Clenching or grinding
- Facial pain
- Sensitive teeth
- Neck pain
- Nervousness or insomnia
- Chewing difficulties
Call Allure Dental if you want to learn more about temporomandibular joint disorder and how we provide TMD treatment in Lafayette, Indiana.