TMJ – the temporomandibular joint – is located in front of your ear where the skull and lower jaw meet.
The TMJ is the most constantly used joint in the body. It allows your lower jaw to move and function.
Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Jaw and cheekbone pain
- Pain or a tired jaw when eating
- Earaches or ringing in the ears
- Popping or clicking sounds when opening and closing the mouth
- Changes in bite
- Pain behind the eye
- Problems moving the jaw side to side or forward
- Pain when touching the TMJ area or jaw muscles
If the TMJ is impaired, a condition called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)results.
Diagnosing TMJ disorders can be complex and may require different diagnostic procedures.
If non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful or if there is clear joint damage, surgery may be needed.
Treatments may include:
- Short-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and/or muscle relaxation
- Bite plate or splint therapy
- Stress management counseling