Understanding TMJ Disorders

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and refers to the part of your mouth that acts as a hinge, attaching your jawbone to your skull. When the jaw’s muscles and joints are not working in tandem as they were designed to, problems leading to pain and functional impairment result. The first step in treating TMJ is determining the possible source of the pain and what factors may be contributing to the affected area.

What causes TMJ disorder?

  • Grinding and clenching of teeth
  • Stress causing tension in jaw and facial muscles
  • Damaged cartilage due to arthritis
  • Trauma to jaw
  •  Erosion of shock-absorbing discs located in jaw

What are common symptoms of a TMJ disorder?

TMJ is an umbrella term covering a variety of issues with the jaw’s joints and muscles, so symptoms vary from patient to patient. If you suffer from any of these, please call and set up an appointment with Dr. Sanovich today! Dallas Surgical Arts Phone Number 972-566-4900

  • Locking of the jaw
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Aching pains around or in the ear
  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Facial pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Aching pain around the ear

Reviewing this information and meeting with Dr. Sanovich is the first step in the right direction for finding relief from this painful disorder. There are a spectrum of treatment options that range from conservative to aggressive, depending on your unique problem and its severity. We look forward to discussing your TMJ disorder and developing the best treatment plan for you! Call us today to set up an evaluation with our friendly team! Dallas Surgical Arts Phone Number 972-566-4900