What is TMJ?
The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint. Sometimes simply called the jaw joint, this joint connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. When this joint becomes stressed, misaligned, or damaged in any way, it may result in a condition called TMJ disorder (TMD). While the causes of TMJ disorders vary by patient, common causes include arthritis in the TMJ, stress, bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth), movement of the disc between the ball and socket of the joint, or trauma to the head, neck, or jaw.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?
Common signs of TMJ disorder include the following:

• A clicking, grinding, or popping sound in the TMJ when you open and close your mouth
• Pain when moving the jaw, such as for chewing, eating, speaking, and yawning
• A locked or stuck jaw
• Inability to open your mouth wide
• Chronic jaw pain
• Swelling on the side of the face
• Frequent headaches
• Pain in the face, head, neck, ears, or shoulders

If you notice these signs, we encourage you to contact our dentist to learn about treatment for the TMJ in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

How do you treat TMJ?
The treatment for TMD depends on the cause and symptoms of the disorder. Based on your specific condition, Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann may recommend stress relief methods, facial relaxation exercises, a custom bite guard or night guard (to prevent bruxism and/or to correct the alignment of the jaw position), restorative dental treatment, or another type of treatment. To learn more and to find out which treatment is right for you, we welcome you to contact us today. We are committed to helping you find the solution you need to live free from jaw pain.