TMJ, TMD Symptoms and Treatments

TMJ refers to the temproromandibular joint, the jaw joint and muscles that allow you to open and close your mouth. When the TMJ complex is not functioning properly, the condition is often referred to as “TMD” or temporomandibular disease.

Common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Click or popping when opening ones mouth
  • Tenderness of the jaw
  • Pain in or around the ear
  • Headaches
  • Neck stiffness
  • Mouth being stuck open or closed

Treatment Options for TMD (TMJ)

Depending on the severity of the TMD and symptoms, there are many forms of treatment. It is recommended that excessive chewing motions (such as gum chewing) be limited as well as opening excessively. Treatment can include physical therapy, nightguard use, bite adjustments or jaw surgery.