If you have noticed pain when you chew, a clicking sound when you open your mouth wide, or if your jaw freezes or locks sometimes, you may already be suffering from symptoms of TMJ or lockjaw. The pain associated with TMJ can make everyday actions like eating or laughing become uncomfortable.
The TMJ joint, or the temporomandibular joint, is where the jaw and temporal bones connect. This joint is the one that lets your jaw move up and down and side to side. It is responsible for allowing you to speak and eat. TMJ is actually only referring to the Joint itself. Any problem associated with The Joint should be referred to as a TMD, or temporomandibular disorder.
The causes of TMD, or lockjaw, get to be understood. Symptoms typically stem from problems with the jaw muscle or the joint itself. Sometimes traumatic injuries lead to TMD. TMD is also possibly caused by bruxism, or teeth grinding. Grinding of the teeth is typically associated with extreme stress that is realized by the nightly grinding of the teeth while the person is asleep.
When it comes to TMD, early diagnosis is very important. The earlier you can receive treatment, the sooner your pain can be relieved. Treating TMD properly can allow you to start speaking, laughing, and eating normally again, without any pain.
At our dental office, we can thoroughly evaluate your bite, teeth, and a diagnose any symptoms you may have that are related to TMD. We use advanced technology to examine the jaw and diagnose your condition quickly and easily.
If you have any more questions regarding TMJ, TMD, or lockjaw, please give us a call today.