The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) provides the connection between your upper and lower jaw. This complex joint is capable of movement in many directions, including side to side, forward and backward, and rotations. Complications and problems with this joint are referred to as TMJ disorder, or “TMD,” although some people erroneously call the issues “TMJ” as well.
There are many different symptoms of TMD. Some of the most common are:
- Pain in the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Limited movement
- Clicking sounds
- Muscle spasms
- Locking of the jaw
Just as there are many symptoms, there is a range of possible causes for these issues. These include genetic factors, hormones, clenching or grinding the teeth, immune system deficiencies, infection, or trauma to the jaw. Diagnosis and evaluation of these conditions should be conducted by a dentist like Dr. Bosler, well versed in TMJ problems and treatments. Some of the most common treatments include the use of night guards, bite guards, and adjusting your bite. Dr. Bosler will discuss your treatment options with you and help you to determine the best treatment for you.
If you are experiencing any pain or difficulty in using your jaw, don’t put off getting help. If you are in the Vacaville area, please call us at (707) 244-1164 to set an appointment for an evaluation and treatment.