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The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints and muscles that allow you to open and close your mouth. Located on each side of your head, each TMJ has a ball and socket with a disc in between. Anything that disrupts this system of muscles and joints from working correctly may result in a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). If you have one or more of the following symptoms, Dr. James D. Powell will treat TMJ in Palmdale, California:

  • Pain in the face, jaw joints, or neck and shoulders
  • Pain in and around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
  • Problems opening your mouth wide
  • Jaws that lock open or shut
  • Clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth
  • A tired feeling in your face
  • Trouble chewing
  • A suddenly uncomfortable bite
  • Swelling in the face
  • Toothache
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing problems
  • Ringing in the ears

There are many conditions and factors that can cause TMD. An injury to the jaw, joint, or the head and neck muscles can cause TMD. Teeth grinding or clenching your teeth puts a lot of pressure on your jaw joints, which can result in TMD. If the disc moves between the ball and socket of the joint, TMD will occur. Sometimes TMD is caused by arthritis in the jaw joint. Stress can even result in TMD because it can cause you to tighten your facial muscles or clench your teeth.

To learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentist, contact our office today!