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TMJ DISORDER
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a small joint which allows movement to the lower jaw. The TMJ works in synchronization with muscles while opening and closing during chewing, speaking, and swallowing. An abnormality of this joint may result in difficulty of these functions in the form of clicking, popping or grating noises. In many cases, patients may also experience moderate to severe pain when suffering from this disorder.
 
SYMPTOMS OF TMJ
 
  Discomfort in the facial/ear region
  Frequent headaches and neck aches
  Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  Locking of the jaw
  Noise in the jaw joint area when opening and closing (clicking, popping, grating noises)
  Pain during opening and closing
  Trauma to the chin or jaw area
 
TREATMENT
Treatment for TMJ Disorder may include cold or hot pack applications, medications, or jaw exercises prescribed by your Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. One of many surgical procedures may also be recommended by your Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. You will need a thorough examination by your Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon to determine if you suffer from TMJ Disorder.

 

We do not provide treatment and/or advice over the internet. If you feel that you have any or all of the symptoms above, contact our office or your local area Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, you must call 911.


DR. MICHAEL P. SHAW
2020 STANDIFORD AVENUE , SUITE B
MODESTO , CALIFORNIA 95350
(209) 525-9339