TMJ (Tempro-Mandibular Dysfunction)
TMJ or Tempro-Mandibular Dysfunction is a type of disorder that involves the hinge connecting the lower and upper jaw. It simply means that this hinge is not working correctly and as such may require some type of intervention. Considered to be one of the most complex joints in the human body, it is responsible for the normal functioning of the lower jaw. When there is a defect, patients typically find reduced functionality and even outward visual appearance related problems. There are several symptoms that are indicative of TMJ. For example, headaches are frequently reported.
When a patient experiences ongoing head pain or headaches as well as pressure behind the eyes, this may indicate the TMJ is present. In addition, a popping or clicking sound that is heard when the jaw is exercised could indicate a problem. If the jaw becomes locked or stuck when in motion, this may indicate that TMJ or Tempro-Mandibular Dysfunction is present. Equally of concern is when there is a sudden change in the way the lower and upper teeth fit together. This is yet another clue that TMJ may be at hand. Finally, tenderness within the jaw muscles could be a clear sign or symptom that TMJ or Tempro-Mandibular Dysfunction is presenting a problem. By talking with your dentist in Pewaukee, Dr. Hamedi at Healthy Smiles Dental Care, you can determine whether or not TMJ is a affecting you.