Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a complex, poorly understood set of conditions characterized by a wide range of symptoms impacting the jaw joint and surrounding tissues. According to the TMJ Association, over 30 million Americans have TMJ – ranging from mild discomfort – to severe and debilitating pain that completely interferes with normal functioning. If you’re experiencing jaw pain and limited movement, you may have TMJ, although a few medical conditions can mimic its symptoms. TMJ joints reside in the front of your ears and connect your lower jaw bone (the mandible) to the temporal bones of the skull on each side of your head. The muscles controlling the TMJ joints allow your jaw to move up and down, side to side, and forward and back. This movement enables eating, speaking, laughing, and even proper breathing. While TMJ is no longer seen as a condition that solely impacts the jaws and teeth, a highly skilled dentist with knowledge of this complex disorder can provide personalized and effective treatment. At Pearl Dental Associates, we offer customized TMJ treatment in Scituate and Holbrook, MA to help you find the relief you need and resume living a pain-free life.
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