The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge joint that connects your lower jaw to your upper jaw. Jaw injury, arthritis, bite issues and clenching or grinding teeth are just some of the causes of Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD). TMJD is a disorder that affects the muscles, nerves and joints around the jawbone. Some of the symptoms include:
-Headaches and jaw pain.
-Clicking or popping when opening or chewing.
-Jaw locking or getting stuck open.
-Difficulty opening your mouth wide.
-Swelling around your face.
All of these symptoms can indicate a possible diagnosis for TMJD. Anyone who is experiencing what they believe to be TMJD issues should make an appointment with Dr. Mead in order to investigate the issue. Dr. Mead can diagnose and treat a patient’s problems, so they can go on to live healthy, happy and pain-free lives.