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TMJ Disorder 

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder, also known as TMJD or TMD, is a condition that affects the joints and muscles in the jaw. These joints are responsible for connecting the jawbone to the skull and allowing the jaw to move properly. TMJ Disorder can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw, as well as affect the function of the mouth.

The exact causes of TMJ Disorder are not always clear, but it is believed to be related to several factors, including genetics, arthritis, jaw injury, teeth grinding or clenching, and stress. Symptoms of TMJ Disorder can vary from person to person, but some common ones include:

  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw, face, neck, or shoulders

  • Difficulty or discomfort when opening or closing the mouth

  • Clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when moving the jaw

  • Locking of the jaw

  • Headaches or earaches

  • Tooth sensitivity or pain


Diagnosis of TMJ Disorder often involves a thorough dental examination, including an evaluation of the patient's symptoms and medical history. Imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans, may also be used to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment for TMJ Disorder typically involves a combination of self-care measures, such as avoiding hard or chewy foods, applying heat or cold to the affected area, and practicing stress-reducing techniques. Medications, such as pain relievers or muscle relaxants, may also be prescribed to alleviate symptoms. In some cases, dental devices, such as mouthguards or splints, may be recommended to help with teeth grinding or jaw clenching.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ Disorder, it is important to consult with our team at Bethel Grove Dental Group. With proper diagnosis and treatment, many people are able to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

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