TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint – this is the hinge joint located in front of the ear that connects your lower jaw to your skull. It allows the jaw to move in all directions, allowing you to chew, talk and yawn. Disorders of this joint are called Temporomandibular Disorder which is the condition that occurs when any part of the joint (either its muscles, disc or tendons) is not functioning the way they are supposed to. Common signs or symptoms include:
- Clicking sound on opening and closing of the mouth
- Discomfort or pain around the ear
- Discomfort of the jaw and/or the muscles of the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Difficulty in opening or closing the mouth
Dr. Patel can help determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend the appropriate treatment. To learn more about TMJ treatment and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Patel, we encourage you to contact us today.