Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, a Brief Overview

August 28, 2013

The managing dentist of Carl E. Henley DDS & Associates and previously a partner with the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Naperville, Illinois, Dr. Carl Henley provides a wide range of treatments and care for his patients. Dr. Carl Henley assists patients in their oral and dental health with temporomandibular joint treatments, micro dentistry, oral cancer screening, and neuromuscular dentistry, among other practices.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as the connecting joint or hinge that allows the jaw to open and shut. When individuals suffer from TMJ disorders, pain and discomfort can be a common result. Symptoms and signs of such a condition include aching in the facial region, jaw tenderness, pain near the ear, or chewing discomfort. Individuals may also experience a clicking noise when they chew or open their mouth.

Doctors currently recognize a number of various causes that contribute to TMJ disorders. Cartilage damaged by arthritis or trauma can lead to jaw issues, as can a misalignment of discs. Often, however, the cause is not clear. Treatment for TMJ disorders may range from medication, jaw exercises, or surgery, depending upon the severity of the condition.


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