You may spend most of your life unaware of the importance of that little triangular-shaped joint located in front of your ears.
You can feel it with your fingers every time you open and close your mouth.
Lined with cartilage, these joints move with a smooth, gliding motion.
Under normal conditions these joints allow your mouth to open and close easily. However, stress or an improper bite can cause joint dysfunction, exposing nerve endings to create pain. In fact, the temporomandibular joint is highly sensitive to overall physical, emotional, and psychological stress.
Do you recognize the 7 warning signs of TMJ dysfunction?
- Pain in the face or neck area
- Pain in or around the ear
- Stiffness in the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Trouble opening and closing the mouth
- Teeth that don't come together properly
Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction are so diverse that someone suffering from them may go undiagnosed for years. TMJ disorders can be caused by various kinds of trauma, motor vehicle accidents, a blow to the head, sports injuries, falls, missing teeth, crooked teeth or an improper bite, old or ill fitting dentures, poor posture, cradling a phone on the shoulder and playing certain musical instruments.
Give us a call for a private TMJ consultation. If Dr. Atwal detects a problem, our goals are to arrest pain, protect teeth from further damage, and correct underlying bite misalignments. Dr. Kiran Atwal, has taken numerous advanced postgraduate studies in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders.