Have you heard of the temporomandibular joints? They are the small joints located just in front of your ears; they allow your jaw to open and close smoothly when you eat, yawn, and talk. TMJs work like little hinges with a small disc of cartilage in the middle to absorb the shock of those strong bites. You can locate them by putting your fingers in front of your ears and opening your mouth. You’ll feel the joint move, and if you’re suffering from TMJ dysfunction, you might just feel a pop too.
TMJ dysfunction, sometimes referred to as TMJ disorder, is a range of symptoms related to pain in the jaw joint. An uneven bite can cause chronic discomfort and introduce secondary oral problems, such as worn and chipped teeth. Teeth grinding and clenching can result in muscle spasms, inflammation, and pain. Generally, these actions occur at night, when the sufferer may not even be aware of what’s happening.
If you suffer from more than one of these symptoms in any combination, it’s time to call our State College family dentistry practice:
When you visit our State College family dentistry practice, we can diagnose painful jaw disorders, such as bruxism (teeth grinding) or TMJ, as well as offer relief through custom-made nightguards and bite appliances. If you experience pain in your jaws, face, head, or neck, or if your teeth are sensitive or have unexplained wear, call our State College dental office today to schedule a functional analysis.