TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder:

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Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD or TMD), or TMJ syndrome, is an umbrella term covering acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the mandible to the skull, in short, jaw pain. The Temporomandibular Joint is one of the most complex joints in the body. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working together properly may result in a TMJ disorder.

Causes of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

When muscles and joints do not work properly the muscles will often go into a spasm or cramp. This spasm can become cyclical that results in tissue damage, pain, muscle tenderness and more spasm.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Causes (TMJ Disorder Causes) can include:

  • trauma
  • arthritis
  • severe stress
  • teeth clenching
  • teeth grinding

Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Symptoms (TMJ Disorder Symptoms) can include:

  • Pain in or around the ear sometimes spreading to the face
  • tenderness of the jaw muscles
  • clicking or popping noises when one opens or closes mouth
  • difficulty in opening one’s mouth
  • jaws that “get stuck”, “lock” or “go out”
  • pain brought on by yawning, chewing or opening the mouth very widely
  • certain types of headaches and neck-aches

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Treatment

Dr. Phelan upon a full review of your dental history can recommend a course of treatment. Treatments vary depending on your individual diagnosis. Contact Dr. Phelan today!

We serve these Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts areas:

  • TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Pawtucket, RI
  • TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Providence, RI
  • TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder South Attleboro, MA
  • TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder North Attleboro, MA
  • TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Cumberland, RI
  • TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Lincoln, RI
  • TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Attleboro, MA
  • TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Rhode Island
  • TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Massachusetts

Our goal is to help you achieve optimum dental care. It may take some time to arrive at your “exquisite smile,” but by following a preplanned course, with each of us doing our part, we can look forward to a lifetime of good dental health and a pleasant association.

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