Temporomandibular joint. That's your jaw joint, but its acronym, TMJ, has become the short-hand term for problems associated with it. As it is referred to clinically, TMJ Syndrome or TMD Disorder presents itself as a popping sound and sensation near the jaw joint.
TMJ Syndrome symptoms take many forms, however, such as headaches, earaches, stuffiness, or ringing in the ears, dizziness, numbness in fingers and arms, limited movement or locking of the jaw, and pain of many types including the jaw, behind the eyes, in the face, back, neck or shoulders.
In order to determine the best course of treatment, an accurate diagnosis is imperative. Consult with Dr. Toomey to determine if you are suffering from TMJ Syndrome. Many times all that's needed is a simple adjustment to your bite (the way your teeth come together), or a small, specialized mouthpiece that corrects the way your jaw joint closes and allows it to rest while you sleep.
Occlusal disease ("malocclusion" or a "bad bite") is very common and can occur for a variety of reasons. Diagnosing the condition and treating it correctly are important as the condition can lead to any number of problems, including broken teeth, headaches, nerve damage, receding gums and TMJ disorders. When patients have their bite problems explained to them with the help of BiteFX animations they quickly understand the occlusal disease concepts being communicated.