TMJ is the acronym for your temporomandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw to your skull and controls many jaw functions, like chewing. If chewing or the joint itself causes you pain, you may have temporamandibular disorder, or TMD, the symptoms of which are:
- Pain when opening or closing mouth
- Trouble chewing
- Lock jaw (when your jaw becomes stuck open or shut)
- Clicking or popping sounds when opening your mouth
- Teeth grinding
Many of these symptoms can often be associated with other health problems, so only a medical professional can tell you if it is due to TMD. If you suspect you may have TMD, you should schedule a consultation with our specialist today, as the problem will only worsen.