The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the skull. Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket of the joint. The TMJs allow you to move your jaw up and down and side to side so you can speak, eat, and yawn. Any issues with the TMJs and the associated muscles are called TMJ disorders. TMJ disorders can be caused by:
- Injury to the jaw, TMJ, head, or neck
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Movement of the disc between the ball and socket
- Arthritis in the joint
- Stress, which can cause you to tighten your facial or jaw muscles
If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. McCaffery will treat TMJ in Madison, NJ:
- Pain in the face, TMJs, neck, shoulders, or ear area
- Jaws that lock open or shut
- Clicking or grating sounds when you use your jaw
- Trouble chewing or a suddenly uncomfortable bite
- Swelling in the face
If you have a TMJ disorder, our dentist may suggest a night guard. This custom-made mouth guard is worn over your teeth at night to protect your teeth and jaws from the effects of teeth grinding.
Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.