The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is a small hinge-like joint located in front of the ear where the lower jawbone meets the skull. This joint allows the lower jaw to move up and down and side to side, making it possible to chew, talk, and yawn.

TMJ disorders are a group of conditions that affect the function of the temporomandibular joint. These disorders can cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Some people with TMJ disorders also have symptoms such as popping or clicking sounds when they open their mouths or chew.

There are many different treatment options for TMJ disorders, depending on the severity of symptoms. Some people may only need to make simple changes to their diet or daily routine, such as avoiding hard foods or chewing gum. Others may need more aggressive treatment, such as mouthguards or surgery. If you think you may have a TMJ disorder, please reach out to Fifth Avenue Dental for an evaluation. We will be able to determine if you have a TMJ disorder and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.