The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.
In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is temporary and can be relieved with TMJ therapy.
Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:
- Pain or tenderness of your jaw
- Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
Our body is a complex system of adaptive processes. When we experience a greater demand on our body than our adaptive process can handle, we begin to experience pain and discomfort. To minimize pain and discomfort, Dr. Cress uses a clinical approach to treating patients with facial and jaw pain (TMD).