TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint):
TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint or the jaw joint. TMJ problems are referred as TMJ Syndrome or TMD (disorder).
A symptom of TMJ Syndrome is a popping sound and unusual feeling near the jaw joint. TMJ Syndrome can occur in people of all ages, but women and patients under 40 are likely to suffer from it.
TMJ Syndrome symptoms caninclude headaches, ear problems, dizziness, pain in the jaw, loss of sensation in fingers and arms, difficulty in swallowing, jaw locks or has limited movement, popping or grinding sounds from the jaw joint, or an unusual tooth loosening. Pain may be felt in the neck, shoulder, back, or face.
If left untreated, the TMJ symptoms increase and become more severe with time.
Your dentist can evaluate you and determine the best course of treatment. Many times a simple bite
adjustment or a nightguard will relieve the symptoms.