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The temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw are very sophisticated and are used for a wide range of oral operations. Discomfort and pain in these joints can affect your quality of life and can also be a sign of a more serious underlying problem.

TMJ disorder is a basic term used to describe a wide range of problems that can occur in these joints. There are several different symptoms of this issue.

This could include a pain or soreness near the temples, in front of the ears, or within the joint itself. This could also be accompanied by a pain when biting down and applying pressure to the joints. For some people, the temporomandibular joints might also click when chewing. While this is not always a direct symptom of TMJ disorder, it can be related other symptoms.

Some of the more common causes of TMJ disorder could include a past dislocation in one or both of the temporomandibular joints, arthritis issues, or complications from grinding your teeth at night.

In many cases, the treatment plan advocated by Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann starts with simple lifestyle modifications. If these minute changes in your daily habits don’t improve your temporomandibular discomfort, he might recommend more proactive treatment methods.

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area and you’ve been experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should call 757-716-7943 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Ronald C. Fuhrmann, DDS, A division of Atlantic Dental Care.