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6225 West River Drive NE, Belmont, MI 49306

(616) 361 - 0603




TMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw (the mandible) to your skull at the temporal bone. This joint controls many jaw functions, such as chewing. If the chewing muscles or the joint itself are causing you pain, you might have temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. TMD can be caused by stress, continual clenching of the jaw muscles, or teeth grinding.

Some of the symptoms of TMD are:

  • Pain when opening or closing mouth
  • Trouble chewing
  • Jaw becoming stuck open or shut
  • Headaches or ear pain
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening your mouth
  • Teeth grinding

Many of these symptoms often are associated with other health problems, so only a dental professional can tell you if it is caused by TMD. Teeth grinding is an especially problematic symptom because it can lead to further oral health problems. Prolonged teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause enamel to wear off and expose the dentin. This material is softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drink might also develop from excessive teeth grinding.

If you suspect you have TMD, please see us for an evaluation. We can diagnose and provide relief for your symptoms.

Pain relievers and hot/cold compresses might be recommended to provide temporary relief for pain symptoms.

A night guard might be recommended to help you prevent or lessen the effects of teeth grinding at night. This can be a long term solution for many patients.

In very severe cases of TMD, surgery might be required, but treatment to change the way you use your jaw muscles is often enough to provide relief.

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