What is TMJ?

TMJ is the common term for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), a condition that affects the chewing muscles and joints that connect the lower jaw and skull. Some of the possible causes for the TMJ pain that you are experiencing may include:

  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Clenching and grinding of teeth
  • Stress that causes muscle tightness
  • Dislocation of the jaw
  • Whiplash or heavy blows to the head

TMJ/TMD can cause moderate to severe pain in the jaw, neck, shoulders, and ears. Common symptoms that people with TMD experience include clicking or popping in the jaw joint, difficulty and pain when chewing, swelling in the face, and a limited ability to open the mouth.

How can TMJ be treated?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of TMJ disorder, Dr. Derek M. Stephens will use state-of-the-art computerized TMJ diagnostic equipment to help identify and relieve your pain. While many of these symptoms of TMJ will disappear on their own or with self-care measures, around 10% of people may have severe or persistent problems that need treatment. Our experienced dentist provides treatment for the TMJ in Merrillville, Indiana, which can help to ease your pain and symptoms. Possible treatments may include heat therapy, mouth guards or night guards, or surgery in the most extreme cases. If you have any questions about TMJ pain treatment, we invite you to contact us at Renaissance Dental Enhancement Center for more information.