The acronym TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which are small joints that attach the lower jaw to the skull. The TMJ muscles allow you to perform such simple functions as speaking, chewing, and swallowing. The term TMJ is also used to describe the problems associated with these joints, or temporomandibular joint disorder (also known as TMJD). This affliction is most commonly experienced as pain in the actual joints accompanied by limitations in the everyday motion of the jaw. A few of the symptoms associated with TMJ include the following:

  • Frequent Headaches
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Teeth that are sensitive to heat or cold
  • Excessive clenching of the teeth
  • Teeth that become worn down
  • Congested sinuses or pain in the ear canal
  • A clicking or popping sound in the joints
  • Limited motion of the mouth and jaw
  • If you recognize any of the abovementioned painful symptoms, Island Dentistry can help, as we offer and implement a wide variety of procedures to aid and overcome the painful effects of TMJ.