TMJ stands for ‘temporomandibular joint’; a gliding hinge that attaches the lower jaw to the skull right in front of the ear canal. Many people experience TMD, which is also known as temporomandibular disorder. If your TMJs are out of alignment or damaged, it can result in malocclusion (a ‘bad bite’) that can worsen over time and cause further destruction to the joint, as well as severely damaging teeth and the surrounding bone. Some of the common symptoms of TMD are listed below:

  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in the face
  • Earache or ringing in the ear
  • A headache (especially in the temples or back of neck)
  • Migraines
  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Tingling in the fingertips
  • Vertigo or dizziness

If you have any of these symptoms, you should schedule an exam and have Dr. Hill evaluate your bite and TM joints. Treatment can range from relatively inexpensive appliances that can provide quick relief to full-mouth reconstruction, depending on your needs.