TMJ & TMD are two of the most common examples of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. The temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects the jaw to the skull. It is essential in ensuring that the jaw bones function correctly. A number of related conditions can arise from TMJ & TMD, including facial pain, a misaligned jaw and grinding of the teeth.
Other symptoms of TMD may be jaw locking, grinding in the joint when eating or speaking, inability to fully open the mouth or an uncomfortable bite which makes it difficult to eat. There are a number of possible causes of TMD. They include weak muscles, damage to the joint, grinding of teeth or misalignment of the jaw. Treatment for TMD with general dentistry varies and will depend on the likely cause of the condition. We will first take x-rays and images of your jaw before recommending treatment.