TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. Everyone has two of these. They are the two joints, jaw muscles and ligaments that enable the opening and closing of the mouth. Your TMJ facilitate chewing, talking and even swallowing. These joints also control the lower jaw as it moves forward, backward and side to side.
Each of your TMJ has a disc situated between the ball and socket. This disc provides a cushion that enables the jaw to function in a variety of ways, including opening widely or rotating or gliding.
Often painful, a TMJ disorder is any problem that prevents these muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working together properly. TMJ disorders can be caused by arthritis, dislocation, injuries, tooth and jaw misalignment, stress and teeth-grinding.
Dr. McMillan and his team specialize in TMJ Therapy, especially treating TMJ disorders, and we’re here to help you. It’s important to be properly diagnosed for TMJ disorders (also called “TMD”), because they are treatable! This is great news because TMD is usually painful, and it can potentially become a serious problem.
There are several treatments for TMD and some of them are relatively simple. Sometimes TMD needs to be addressed through orthodontic treatment.
The best course of action is to come and visit our office at TMJ Therapy in American Fork, Riverton, or North Ogden, so we can take a look at your particular case. We want you to know that TMJ Therapy is where you can turn. So, if you experience a painful popping or clicking noise while chewing — or perhaps you have frequent headaches or jaw pain — please call us at 801-756-0900, and we’ll take excellent care of you.