The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that lets your lower jaw move. This movement allows you to open and close your mouth and chew from side to side. If your teeth don't fit together properly (called the bite), the TMJ and your jaw muscles may be affected.
TMJ problems not only include jaw discomfort, but can also lead to neck and shoulder pain and severe headaches, as well as have an impact on swallowing, speaking and your appearance. There are a number of reasons why our patients have TMJ problems including injury, clenching or grinding the teeth, arthritis or poorly aligned teeth. If you feel you are experiencing an issue that may be TMJ related, please bring it to our attention. At Dingus Orthodontics, we specialize in diagnosing bite and TMJ problems.