TMJ/TMD

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is what allows us to open and close our mouth. Temporomandiublar Joint Disorder (TMD) is associated with limited movement and pain in the jaw.

Pain and clicking in the jaw may be a sign of TMD. Our team at Petaluma Family Dentistry is well equipped to help you relieve the discomfort of a TMJ dysfunction, restoring your jaw to full function. Dr. Nadia Navid, DDS will evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan based on your individual needs.

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw (the mandible), to the temporal bone at the side of the head. Placing two fingers just in front of your ears and open your mouth to feel the joint on each side of your head. These flexible joints allow the jaw to smoothly move up and down and side to side. This is what enables us to talk, chew and even yawn.

Symptoms of TMD

Symptoms of a TMD include limited movement or locking of the jaw (also known as lock-jaw), painful clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joint, a change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together, headaches, earaches and dizziness. A person can have one or more of these symptoms at the same time.

What is TMD?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is not just a disorder, but a group of conditions, often painful, that affect the TMJ and the muscles that control chewing. Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) generally fall into 3 main categories:

Myofascial pain - the most common form of TMD, is pain or discomfort in the muscles that control jaw function, extending in to the neck and shoulder muscles.
Internal derangement of the joint - a dislocated jaw or displaced disc, or injury to the condyle.
Degenerative joint disease - osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the jaw joint.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule a diagnostic appoint with our office. We are happy to assist you!

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