Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD, is a group of conditions that cause pain in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the skull and moves the jaw up and down and side to side. This joint is one of the most complex joints in the body and has a wide range of motion. When working correctly, the TMJ allows a person to open and close their mouth, chew, speak, swallow, and more. However, when the joint becomes misaligned or damaged, it can cause pain and make these activities difficult.
Treatment for TMD depends on the severity of your symptoms. For mild cases, over-the-counter pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medications, or physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the jaw joint may be recommended. Oral appliances may also be recommended. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the damaged joint.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMD, it is essential to see our oral surgeon Tustin, CA at SoCal Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as soon as possible. Left untreated, TMD can lead to more severe health problems.