TMJ or temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull which are in front of each ear. The problems with your jaw and muscles in your face are what’s called TMD or temporomandibular disorders. There are no specifics as to why these disorders develop, but injuries to the jaw, joint or muscles in the head and neck can lead to TMD. Whiplash, grinding or clenching your teeth, arthritis and stress can all contribute to TMD.
What are the symptoms of TMD? Dickson dentist Dr. Gatgens explains:
At Accent Smile Center in Dickson, TN, we have a number of patients coming in with TMD symptoms. Dental patients complain of pain and discomfort around their jaw area. For some, it affects just one side of their face, for others, both sides. We tend to have more women patients complaining about TMD. Here’s a list of some of the TMJ complaints: