The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge-like joint that connects your lower jaw (mandible) to the base of your skull. It helps you move your jaw up and down and side to side while talking, chewing, and even yawning. But when you experience jaw pain (or related symptoms), then you might be suffering from TMJ dysfunction or TMJ disorder, two terms for the same problem, also known as TMD.
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note: The above signs and symptoms may or may not be associated with pain or discomfort.
An obvious cause of TMD is trauma caused by accident (i.e., falling or hitting jaw on pavement, car accident, and face hitting dashboard, getting hit in the face with a softball). The less obvious but more common cause of TMD is compression of the jaw joints during sleep, which is often related to airway obstruction. The following is a common progression of TMD as a result of a breathing problem:
note: You may or may not experience pain during this gradual breakdown process.
A confirmed TMD diagnosis is possible with the use of state of the art iCAT 3-D imaging, joint vibration analysis, and other diagnostic techniques that we use at Nor Cal Airway. We also evaluate the nasal and pharyngeal airways and use rhinomanometry to screen for nasal airflow limitation. Through imaging, patient consultation, and examination, our doctors can determine the root causes of your TMD and develop the proper treatment plan for you. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about how we can help you heal and reach your health and wellness goals.
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