Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD, is a dental condition that affects people of all ages and genders. It may cause frequent headaches and jaw aches, as well as pain in the face, neck and shoulders. Since the symptoms can be mistaken for stress and other issues, TMJ is often incorrectly diagnosed or simply ignored. Dr. Long and his talented team can help you with correct diagnosis and prescribe appropriate treatments for TMJ disorders so that you can benefit from effective and quick solutions.

TMJ pain

What is TMJ/TMD?

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the connecting hinge between your jaw bone and skull, which is found on both sides of your jaw. Problems in this joint or the muscles surrounding it are known as TMJ disorders, and these can occur due to a variety of reasons. It appears to be more common in women than men.

Factors Linked to TMD / TMJ Pain

  • Stress
  • Tooth grinding or bruxism
  • Clenching the jaw or teeth
  • Injury to the jawbone or surrounding muscles
  • Genetics
  • Arthritis

Common Symptoms of TMJ / TMD

Temporomandibular disorders are not diseases, but medical conditions that may cause a wide range of symptoms. The severity of symptoms also varies from person to person, with some patients functioning normally despite showing symptoms and others unable to deal with daily tasks because of the pain.

Here are some symptoms of TMJ disorders:

  • Pain or tenderness in jaw muscles.
  • Frequent headaches and earaches.
  • Pain near the temple or ear.
  • Difficulty in chewing, biting or speaking.
  • Popping or clicking noises during jaw movement.
  • Pain while chewing, biting or yawning.
  • Limited jaw mobility or locked jaw joints.

How is TMJ / TMD Treated?

Treatments for TMJ differ for each patient, since symptoms vary so much. In some cases, the symptoms eventually disappear on their own, but they can also get worse or keep recurring if they aren’t treated properly.

When you visit Dr. Michael Long for a TMJ examination, he and his team will collect your medical history, evaluate the severity of the disorder and suggest appropriate treatment for TMD to manage the symptoms. Dental X-rays and bite checks can also help narrow down the problem.

If you’re suffering from jaw pain or frequent headaches, TMJ / TMD could be to blame. Don’t put off your checkup by ignoring the symptoms, call (559) 432-4850 to book your appointment with Dr. Long right away!