Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ disorder affects the joint that joins the jaw to the skull. This disorder often results in discomfort or pain, difficulty with the jaw, earaches, and migraines. There are many causes of TMJD, including, but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Trauma to the jaw or TMJ
  • Jaw clenching
  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Dislocation
  • Disease or illness
  • Misaligned bite
  • Poor posture
  • Stress

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

You may be surprised to learn that not all of the symptoms related to TMJ disorder occur in the jaw. Some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

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

Treatment for TMJ in Newport Beach, California

There are many ways to treat TMJD, just as there are many causes and symptoms. During your appointment at Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc., we will examine your jaw and bite, take digital X-rays, and review your medical and dental history to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. Douglas Hauck also uses some of the most advanced technology available to help track the position of your jaw and the best position for your bite. Thanks to our K7 system and TENS unit, we can help you achieve overall oral health and a pain-free life.

Our dentist will discuss other options for relieving TMJ pain with you during your consultation and subsequent treatment. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ disorder, we invite you to call or visit our dentist today.