Many people have never heard of their temporomandibular joint – or “TMJ” – until it starts to cause problems. It’s the hinge joint that connects your jaw to your skull, and allows you to talk, chew, and yawn.
Patients sometimes experience TMJ disorders after an injury or whiplash, or due to grinding and clenching (stress), or even from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
The common symptoms are pain or tenderness in the jaw, neck, and shoulders; jaws that stick or lock up; a clicking or popping sound in the jaw joint; difficulty chewing; or facial swelling. These patients may also experience toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, hearing problems, or ringing in their ears.
We’re able to diagnose TMJ issues at Avenue Dental by examining your jaw, and performing tests to look at the joint and soft issue in more detail. If you do indeed have an issue, we’re able to create a custom treatment plan to help resolve it.