TMJ is an abbreviation for your temporomandibular joint. TMD is an abbreviation for temporomandibular disfunction. A bite problem arises when the three parts of your chewing system – your teeth, jaw joint and chewing muscles – cannot function ideally because of the way your teeth fit together. Over time the stress a bite problem puts on your chewing system may lead to muscle and jaw joint pain, as well as headaches, ringing in your ears, and worn, broken, or loose teeth.
A jaw joint problem arises when the “TMJ” connecting your lower jaw to the base of your skull becomes painful and is unable to function normally. People with jaw joint problems may not be able to open or close their mouths fully, or chew hard, sticky foods. They may also experience painful clicking or popping when they attempt to open or close their mouth.
Symptoms can include:
- Pain in the jaw area
- A stuffy feeling in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- A clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Face swelling
- Muscle spasms
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or a limited opening of the mouth
If you are experiencing these symptoms you may be suffering from TMD. Luckily, Dr. Rosenfeld and his team can help you. They can alleviate that pain and teach you tips and exercises to avoid any future TMJ pain. Dr. Rosenfeld offers his patients TMJ exams, and can get his patients the help they need. If you or a loved one suffers from TMD, Dr. Rosenfeld is here to help.
After an exam, Dr. Rosenfeld will determine if you have a TMD problem and/or a bite problem. He will then discuss what treatment options are available.
Call us at our office today to find out more about TMD and to make an appointment.