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TMJ Disorders

“TMJ” is the acronym for your Temporomandibular joint – the joint that keeps your jaw working properly.

If you suffer from bruxism (excessive grinding of the teeth and/or excessive clenching of the jaw) and don’t have the problem corrected by your dentist, you could damage this crucial joint and end up with a TM disorder.

If you have a TM disorder, you’ll experience some of the following symptoms:

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your dentist. He or she will take a complete medical history and conduct a thorough clinical examination to ensure a proper diagnosis. If the problem is indeed a TM disorder, you’ll probably be treated in one of the following ways:

In severe cases, after all other treatment options have failed, surgery may be recommended to help restore the proper functioning of your jaw joint.

So you don’t have to live with the pain caused by teeth grinding. See your dentist today and give yourself a reason to smile.