What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints. These are the joints and jaw muscles located on the side of your head that enable you to talk, chew, and yawn. If you place your fingers in front of your ears and open your mouth, you can feel these joints.
TMJ disorders are the problems that can occur when the joint is not working properly. Your jaw may click, pop, or feel as though it is stuck. TMJ disorder can also cause headaches and pain in the face, neck and jaw as well as well as other symptoms.
How common is TMJ Disorder?
According to the American Dental Association, about 15 percent of Americans experience difficulties with these joints. Studies have found that TMJ disorder is more common in women than in men but the reason for this is still being researched.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
- clicking or popping sound when opening and closing your mouth
- facial, neck, or shoulder pain
- tenderness around the jaw joint area
- a jaw that gets locked
- difficulty chewing
- ringing in the ears
Because many of these symptoms may result from other issues, it is best to seek help from a qualified dentist.
Precise Diagnosis and TMJ Treatment
Dr. Bhave has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorder and has been providing patients relief from TMJ discomfort for many years. She provides effective treatment even for those who have complex TMJ problems.
During your visit, Dr. Bhave will conduct a thorough examination to pinpoint the source of your symptoms. Dr. Bhave does a 3D CT scan to get a 360-degree view of your teeth, jaw and surrounding anatomy. Based on the results, Dr. Bhave develops a customized treatment plan.
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If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact us 408‑831‑0030 or click here to request an appointment online so that we can get you in to see Dr. Bhave.