Have you been experiencing pain in or around your ear, jaw tenderness, clicking or popping noises when you open your mouth, or even head and neck aches?
These are common symptoms of TMJ, symptoms you should discuss with our staff. You have two joints, called the TMJ’s, and several jaw muscles and ligaments that make it possible to open and close your mouth. They work in concert when you chew, speak and swallow. The TM joint is a very complicated joint and is located on each side of your head. This joint allows your mouth to make many different movements; open and close, slide forward and back, and slide from side to side, just to name a few. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working together properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder.
Dr. Fasbinder and Dr. Cohen can perform an exam and take x-rays to diagnose the disorder. Many times a sinus problem, tooth ache or even early stages of periodontal disease is the culprit; other times it could be a problem with the joint itself. Treatments for TMJ pain may include stress reducing exercises, muscle relaxants, or wearing a night guard to prevent teeth grinding and clenching.