Has our dentist told you that you have TMJ disorder? If so, then you may have a few questions about what TMJ disorder is, its effects, and if it can be treated. Here are seven facts about TMJ disorder that can answer some of your questions.
- TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints. TMJ disorder also goes by the name TMD.
- The TMJ consists of a disc that lies between the temporal bone and the condyle (the ends of the lower jaw). This disc absorbs shock and helps the jaw to move smoothly as it opens and closes.
- Other parts of the TMJ system include joints, ligaments, bone, and muscle.
- TMJ disorder can develop because of injury, arthritis, stress, teeth grinding, or an uneven bite.
- TMJ disorder can cause the jaw to pop, lock, and have difficulty moving. This can result in headaches, dizziness, ringing ears, and pain in the jaw, neck, and shoulders.
- Women are twice as likely to develop this condition than men.
- TMJ disorder is difficult to diagnose, but there are several treatment options available such as relaxation, medication, excercises, night guards, and orthodontia.
We invite you to visit Dr. Zabner today if you want relief from TMJ disorder.