If the tissues and muscles along your lower jaw and skull frequently experience pain, this may be a sign that you are struggling with a disorder originating in the temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ, which is the hinge connecting each side of your jaw to your head. Our dentist and team can help you recognize any oral complications resulting from a TMJ disorder, or TMD.
When there is proper function between the muscles and structures of these joints, you should not experience any issues, but stress in the joints can result in a temporomandibular joint disorder.
There are many factors that can contribute to TMJ discomfort and pain, mainly involving the development of poor oral habits, such as frequently grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing a lot of gum, and popping your jaw often. Other other potential causes of TMD include a lack of exercise, poor diet, a dysfunctional bite, poor posture, and stress.
It is not often difficult to detect the symptoms of TMD since they tend to be quite obvious. For example, you may experience pain and stiffness when you bite or chew; notice a change in how your teeth fit together; or feel or hear clicking, grating, and popping when moving your jaw around.
If you suspect you have any symptoms, please contact Claremont Smile Design at 909-624-1111 today and schedule a consultation with Dr. German Jaquez to determine if you should begin TMD treatment in Claremont, California.