TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders refer to a variety of conditions that affect this joint and the surrounding muscles.
The symptoms of TMJ disorders can vary, but they often include:
1. Jaw pain or tenderness: This can be felt in the jaw joint area, around the ears, or in the muscles of the face and neck.
2. Clicking or popping sounds: You may notice noises when you open or close your mouth, which can be a sign of a misaligned joint or disk.
3. Difficulty in opening or closing the mouth: This can range from mild discomfort to severe limitation in jaw movement.
4. Headaches: TMJ disorders can cause headaches, especially ones that are felt around the temples or at the back of the head.
5. Ear pain or ringing in the ears: Some individuals with TMJ disorders may experience ear pain or a sensation of ringing or fullness in the ears.
6. Jaw locking: In some cases, the jaw may get stuck or lock in an open or closed position.
It is important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions, so it's best to consult with a dental professional who can properly evaluate your symptoms and provide a diagnosis.
Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch is trained in treating TMJ. The Kois Deprogrammer is one TMJ option for treatment. It is a dental device used to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and to balance the bite. It is designed to encourage the relaxation of the muscles involved in chewing and closing the jaw.