What is TMJ/TMD?

Treating TMJ Symptoms and TMD In Birmingham

TMJ and TMD in Mountain Brook and Birmingham

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is is where the jaw is attached to the rest of the skull. The TMJ includes a series of discs, muscles, bones, and ligaments that work together to fulfill the many responsibilities of the temporomandibular joint. This joint is responsible for opening and closing the mouth, as well as moving the jawbone side-to-side.

The temporomandibular joint works hard to allow you to chew and speak on a daily basis, and this can sometimes lead to complications and pain. This is when we diagnose a TMJ disorder.

What is TMD?

TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. When people refer to having symptoms of TMJ, they actually mean they are suffering from TMD. TMJ is simply the temporomandibular joint. TMD is a temporomandibular joint disorder, which comes along with plenty of undesirable symptoms. Over 10 million individuals in the United States, or more than 15 percent of Americans, suffer from the symptoms of TMD at any given time.

What Causes TMD?

The causes of TMD include, but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis in the temporomandibular joint
  • Improper bite
  • Jaw damage or dislocation
  • Grinding teeth
  • Clenching teeth (both grinding and clenching teeth are often brought on by stress)
  • Misplaced or eroded discs in the joint

Symptoms of TMD

    temporomandibular joint Birmingham and Mountain Brook TMJ symptoms

  • Tenderness in the jawbone
  • A clicking temporomandibular joint
  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
  • Pain while chewing, causing you to choose softer foods
  • Pain or fatigue in facial muscles
  • Dizziness
  • Facial swelling
  • Headaches
  • Toothaches
  • Neck pain
  • Earaches

TMD makes daily activities difficult due to consistent pain in the temporomandibular joint. Dr. Koch can treat your TMD through his Birmingham dentist office using the pain-free TruDenta method. If you’re ready for some relief from your symptoms, call in and set up an appointment today if you are in the Birmingham – Mountain Brook area!