The joint that resides on each side of the jaw is called the temporomandibular joint. There are several types of TMJ disorders that will cause pain or jaw dysfunction in the joints, jaw muscles, or discs. Genetics, injuries, grinding, clenching, and arthritis. TMJ can cause the jaw to make a clicking sound or a grating feeling when the jaw is used. Most TMJ pain can be managed at home or with a visit to the dentist. Women, between the ages of 35 and 44, are twice as likely to have TMJ disorders. There are several TMJ treatments that can help reduce or relieve symptoms.
Symptoms of TMJ
When to See the Dentist
TMJ Treatment Can Include:
TMD (temporomandibular disorders) (2022) National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/tmd (Accessed: February 2, 2023).
TMJ in Motion". National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: https://youtu.be/0N88Zd-Rykg (Accessed: February 2, 2023)