“TMJ” is the common name for a category of complaints related to orthopedic and neuromuscular jaw problems. The word “TMJ” actually stands for Temporomandibular Joint – so it is just part of your anatomy. A better designation is “TMD”, which stands for Temporomandibular Dysfunction.
Patients we commonly see have one or more of these complaints:
- Jaw joint pain
- Jaw joint clicking, popping, grinding, catching, or locking
- Facial or jaw muscle pain.
- Ear fullness/pressure blockage
- Ear ringing
- Neck/shoulder pain
All of these can be related to bite problems and are often relieved by properly diagnosing and correcting the bite.
It is important to note that head and neck complaints are
not always related to TMD. We are very careful to evaluate people properly and work with other medical professionals as needed.