TMJD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, refers to a group of disorders affecting the joint that joins the jaw to the skull (temporomandibular joint or TMJ). This disorder typically results in discomfort, difficulty with the jaw, earaches, and migraines. There are many causes of TMJD, including:

  • Stress
  • Jaw or TMJ Trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Clenching of the jaw
  • Dislocation
  • Misaligned bite
  • Teeth grinding
  • Poor posture
  • Illness or disease

Some of the symptoms of TMJD are seemingly unrelated. These include:

  • Prevalent pain or soreness in the jaw
  • Trouble closing or opening the mouth
  • Trouble chewing
  • An earache (not caused by infection)
  • A toothache (not caused by infection or other dental health issues)
  • Jaw pain when biting, chewing, yawning, or speaking
  • A “locked” (stiff) jaw when biting, chewing, yawning, or speaking
  • Misaligned bite
  • Recurring tension headaches or migraines, especially if present upon waking
  • A clicking or popping sound when the mouth is closed or opened
  • Changes to your bite

There are many ways to treat TMJD, just as there are many causes and symptoms. Our dentist, Dr. Richard Barton, will discuss with you your options for TMJD treatment. If you are interested in learning more about treatments for the TMJ in Henderson, Nevada, and what we can do for you, please give Richard Barton DDS a call at 702-456-1147. We are happy to care for all of your dental needs.