You’d be surprised how many people suffer from temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly referred to as “TMJ.” In fact, it’s estimated that more than 10 million American adults suffer from TMJ, the majority of them women.
TMJ refers to a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint area and the muscles that control the jaw area. Typically, pain in this area for most people really doesn’t signal a serious problem, and is usually only occasional and temporary. However, for those who develop long-term symptoms, the pain can be intense and doesn’t go away without treatment.
Sometimes trauma to the jaw area can trigger TMJ, but in most cases symptoms start with no apparent reason. Because TMJ is more common in women, scientists are currently studying a possible link between TMJ and female hormones.
If you experience any of these symptoms, give us a call. We will work with you to see if the symptoms you are experiencing are indeed TMJ. If we diagnose you with TMJ, there are a variety of different treatment options available, including mouth guards and medications.