The TMJ (temporomandibular joint, commonly referred to as the jaw joint) connects the lower jaw to the rest of the skull. TMJ disorders, which are also known as TMD, can cause a significant amount of pain and discomfort. Common symptoms of TMJ disorders include:

  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Clicking, grinding, or popping sounds in the TMJ when you open and close your mouth
  • Difficulty opening your mouth very wide
  • Painful, difficult chewing
  • Ear pain
  • Migraines and tension headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Facial pain

Your skilled dentists will carefully examine you to determine the cause of the TMJ disorder. TMD can be caused by several factors, including stress, grinding and clenching of the teeth (bruxism), arthritis in the jaw joint, or trauma to the head, neck, or jaw. Your treatment will depend on the cause of the pain and may include lifestyle changes, dental treatments, an oral appliance, or surgery. We welcome you to contact Total Dental Fitness today to learn more and to schedule your individual consultation with Dr. Maylath and Dr. McQuirter.