What are TMJ disorders?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull. It allows you to move your jaw, talk, chew and yawn. With a TMJ disorder, this joint does not work properly, causing pain and dysfunction. The disorder may develop for a number of reasons, including arthritis, teeth grinding, joint erosion or an injury to the area. However, regardless of the cause, the symptoms are generally the same, and include:

  • Jaw pain and tenderness
  • An ache in your ear
  • Chewing pain and difficulty
  • Facial pain
  • A jaw that locks or becomes stuck
  • A clicking sound when you open or close your mouth
  • Headaches and pressure behind the eyes
  • Pain while yawning
  • Facial swelling
  • A sudden change in your bite

Are TMJ disorders treatable?

TMJ disorders are highly treatable, which is why we encourage our Northridge & Woodland Hills patients to seek our help as soon as possible. Because everyone’s TMJ develops due to different factors, your treatment will be entirely customized based on the cause of your condition and the severity of your symptoms. For many of our clients, we will recommend a custom combination of home-care remedies, such as a temporary soft food diet, ice packs and relaxation techniques, along with prescriptions and in-office treatments, such as night guards, medication and dental work.