Melva G. Ely, DDS

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What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ/TMD, are terms used to describe a number of clinical symptoms that involve the neuromuscular system of the head, face, neck, mandible, and articular joint, or the sliding hinge connecting the jaw bone to the skull. These conditions are also referred to as craniomandibular disorder, craniofacial pain disorder, and temporomandiular dysfunction.

The most common symptoms of TMJ disorders include headaches, neck aches, facial pain, ear pain, and jaw pain. Some common causes of TMJ disorder are:

Drugs often mask the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Drugs do not treat the underlying cause of TMJ and may have severe side effects. TMJ disorder should be treated in the most conservative manner, without drugs, whenever possible.

Those suffering with TMJ disorder commonly have several symptoms and there may be more than one underlying cause. Not all dentists are qualified to diagnose and treat TMJ disorder. As a highly qualified TMJ dentist, we are full equipped with the latest techniques and technology to trace and treat the root cause of your TMJ symptoms.