The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your mandible (lower jaw) to your skull. The joint can be found on both sides of your head in front of your ears and it allows your jaw to open and close, enabling you to speak and eat. When you experience TMJ symptoms like migraines, headaches, neck, jaw, ear, or facial pain, you might be subjected to a TMJ Disorder, or 'TMD' (Temporomandibular Disorder), as your TMJ joints could be affected, inflamed, or damaged by a variety of causes.
Dr. Tom Meyer at Meyer Dental Group: "When you experience TMJ pain, I am aware it is debilitating and can affect your entire life. I have treated many patients who have suffered from a TMJ Disorder and I understand how painful it can be for you. Everything in your daily life can be severely impacted by this agony... whether it be your work, sleep, or relationships and you need relief now."
Ending the confusion of what is causing your pain is key to making a plan to get rid of it. There is a lot of information out there on the internet about TMJ, however we know that it is not as clear as it needs to be, in order to give you the relief you need and deserve. A proper TMJ diagnosis is a personal one, as there are multiple factors involved such as causes, symptoms, pain locations, pain responses, and overall health history. The complexity of a TMJ Disorder makes it difficult to pin point what exactly is going on, where it comes from, and most importantly: "What to do about it?" That's why, at Meyer Dental Group, we are here to help.
Let's start by answering the most obvious questions: