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The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ for short, is an important part of your jaw structure. It’s where your jaw connects to your skull, and the joint can sometimes get irritated or injured. When that happens, what’s known as TMJ disorder shows up.

But what exactly is TMJ disorder? Well, Drs. Pedro Franco, Howard Price, or Drew Havard and the staff at DFW Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Irving, Texas, have years of experience treating this. Why don’t we let them explain it to you?

What is it?
TMJ disorder is when there’s been direct injury or harm to the TMJ. This is different from other jaw issues, because TMJ disorder creates localized, specific pain.

Symptoms
TMJ disorder has specific signs and symptoms that help you differentiate it from other problems that might require you to see a doctor. Some of the symptoms include pain in the jaw joint (TMJ), clicking and popping in the jaw, ear pain and headaches, popping noises in your ears, stiff jaw muscles, or locking of the jaw joint.

None of these symptoms should be overlooked, and they’re all issues that Drs. Franco, Price, or Havard can help treat.

Treatment
If you have any of the above symptoms, you’d be smart to seek treatment from a trained dentist. That treatment can include dental splints and mouthguards. In fact, a mouthguard is one of the more popular treatments since a lot of TMJ disorder problems are caused by grinding teeth in your sleep.

Don’t let any of these symptoms go untreated. To schedule an appointment, or to get more information, call us today at 972-594-7414.