TMJ/TMD TreatmentLemoore, CA Dentist TMJ/TMDTMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. That is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull on each side. Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD, refers to issues affecting the TMJ and the muscles and soft tissues that surround it. Common TMD symptoms include:Jaw painClicking jaw jointJaw stiffnessStuck jaw, open or closedClenching or grinding teethPain in cheeks and templesCauses of TMDThere are several issues that can cause TMD. The most common is subconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth. This usually occurs during sleep or when under high amounts of stress. Patients with this type of TMD may find that their symptoms vary depending on their level of stress.Other causes of TMD can include:Jaw joint disc out of placeOsteoarthritis damage to jointSwelling inside the jointPoor posture muscle strainJoint inflammation or strainDiagnosing TMDDuring your visit, our team will take a detailed dental and medical history. Tell us about any symptoms or injuries to the TMJ area. Be sure to notify us of any chronic illnesses or medications you are taking.Next, Dr. O’Hare will perform a comprehensive exam of your head and neck. We will pay close attention to the jaw muscles and joints. We may recommend a screening X-ray to rule out other issues. At this point, we can recommend an initial treatment plan in most cases.TreatmentDr. O’Hare will recommend a conservative treatment plan based on your individual needs. We can help relieve TMD pain, reduce stiffness, and increase function.If you have experienced symptoms that may be TMD, contact Kings Dental Group for a consultation.