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There are quite a few different problems you can have with your mouth. From cavities to gum disease, there’s no shortage of issues you need to be on the lookout for. You probably don’t think about problems with your jaw that often, though.

Specifically, there’s a disorder you can develop called TMJ disorder. There’s a lot of misconception around it, so today we’re going to explain all the facts.

What is it?
TMJ disorder is the abbreviation for temporomandibular joint disorder. The TMJ is the joint that connects your jaw bone to your skull. Any sort of irritation, infection or damage to that joint will lead to a orthodontist diagnosing you with TMJ disorder.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of TMJ disorder include a clicking or popping in the jaw, pain that doesn’t go away, chronic headaches, and a feeling that your jaw is misaligned. If any of these symptoms come up suddenly, you’ll want to visit with Dr. Nelson, Dr. Katz, or Dr. Roberts as soon as possible.

How is it treated?
TMJ disorder is usually something that you’ll have to deal with multiple times throughout your life. There isn’t a cure, though there are multiple ways to manage TMJ disorder.

Some of those treatments include medication to reduce inflammation, jaw exercises to strengthen the TMJ, and at the most extreme, surgery to attempt to fix any problems. The team here at Kirby Nelson Orthodontics in North Bend, Washington, will work side-by-side with you to determine what the best treatment option is for you.

To make an appointment, or if you have more questions, call us today at 425-888-1896.