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  TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a poorly understood family of problems related to your the components that make up your jaw joint. If you have had symptoms like a painful click or an inability to open or close your mouth, you'll be glad to know that we have experience in treating these problems. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.

It is unlikely that one treatment will resolve TMJ disorders completely and treatment takes time to be effective. The doctors of Northwest Oral Surgeons can help you have a healthier joint and more comfortable bite.

Trouble with Your Jaw?

TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth or have other habits that stress your jaw muscles and jaw joint. Or, you may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noises when you open your mouth, or trouble opening your mouth wide.

Do you have a TMJ disorder?
Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, and lock when you
open your mouth?
Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat or yawn?
Have you ever injured your neck, head or jaws?
Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?

The more times you answered "yes," the more likely it is that you have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help you understand how they're treated.

Treatment

There are various treatment options that the doctors of Northwest Oral Surgeons can utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of a TMJ disorder, your doctor will determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care as well as professional care.