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The temporomandibular joint, commonly known as the TMJ, is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. Found beneath the ear on each side of your head, this joint allows your jaw to move in order to chew, eat, speak, and yawn. If this joint becomes stressed, misaligned, injured, or damaged in any way, it may cause a TMJ disorder (TMD). Common signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders include:

  • Pain in the jaw joint
  • Clicking, grinding, or popping sounds in the jaw when you open and close your mouth
  • A locked or stuck jaw
  • Frequent migraines or tension headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Pain in the face, neck, shoulders, and/or ears
  • Difficult or painful chewing

If you suffer from these symptoms, we encourage you to speak with Dr. Nelson. He will be able to examine your mouth and jaw to determine the cause of the painful disorder. Depending on the cause of the TMJ disorder, your treatment may include facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, stress relief, or a custom-made oral appliance that helps to improve the fit and alignment of the jaw. We welcome you to contact our orthodontists at Kirby Nelson Orthodontics today to learn more about treatment for the TMJ in North Bend, Washington.