Understanding TMJ Disorder

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Have you ever heard a popping or clicking sound when you open your mouth very wide? Or perhaps experienced slight pain as you reach the limit of your jaw muscles? If so, you may be a part of the 20-30% of the population who are affected by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD).

  • “What is TMJD?” Simply put, TMJD is an inflammation of one or both of the joints connecting your jawbone to your skull. The bones are held together by a complex series of ligaments, and an even more complex set of tendons and muscles provide the wide range of motion we use for speaking, chewing, and emoting. The inflammation causes uneven motion of the bones, which leads to the pops and clicks associated with TMJD.
  • “What causes TMJD?” The exact cause of TMJD is unknown Continue reading
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