As the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be a point of discomfort as a result of several possible factors. It can be misleading as “TMJ” is commonly used to refer to TMJ disorders, but the technical term is TMD. TMJ disorder is recognized as the misalignment, injury, or trauma to the lower jaw joint.

Stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the head, neck, or jaw can create TMD. Patients often do not realize they have TMD, until they experience muscle soreness, frequent headaches and sleep deprivation. TMD can also cause more severe, discomforting symptoms, such as:

  • Popping, clicking, grinding noises in the jaw
  • Pain when chewing or biting, especially hard foods
  • Discomfort in the neck, shoulders, or ears in severe cases
  • A locked jaw leaving you unable to open your mouth

Our orthodontists at Miles of Smiles will gladly determine the reason behind your TMD and recommend suitable and effective TMJ treatment in Temecula, Hemet, Murrieta and Corona, California. Your sleep loss, dental grinding and increasing discomfort can create substantial changes in your happiness, rest and overall mood. Please call us and increase your quality of life with service from Dr. Tal Jergensen, Dr. Scott Hope and Dr. Samuel Waddoups.