TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your jaw joint. If you have had symptoms like pain or a “clicking” sound, you’ll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and managed than they were in the past. These symptoms occur when the joints of the jaw or the chewing muscles do not work together correctly. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the name for each joint (right and left) that connects your jaw to your skull.
TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your TM joint. No single treatment alone can resolve all TMJ disorders completely and certain treatments take time to become effective. The most important part of successful TMJ treatment is obtaining a detailed history and exam to determine the correct diagnosis. Dr. Pitcher will help you decide if surgery will be beneficial for you. The good news is that many of the most common TMJ disorders are self-limiting and may resolve on their own without surgery.