TM Joint FAQs

What is the TMJ Joint?

There are the two joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. The correct name is tempermandibular joint.

What is the TMD?

TMD is temporal mandibular dysfunction which means there is a problem with the way your lower jaw joint or joints are functionary.

What are the symptoms of TMD?

The most common symptoms are joint pain, headaches, sound in the ear, (tinnitus), and neck, back, and shoulder pain. However there are many other symptoms such as vertigo, and loss of hearing.

Why does my joint make noise?

Different types of joint problems can cause a variety of sounds. Clicking and popping noise is the result of abnormal movement of the articular disk in the joint. Grinding or grating noise indicators joint disease such as arthritis. The joint noise usually stops in more sever joint dysfunction.

What causes TMD?

Abnormal stress on the jaw joints is the most common cause of TMD. This is usually the result of a bad bite (malooclusion) but it can also be caused by physical trauma such as “whiplash” from an accident.

Are women more likely to have TMD?

Both men and women can have TMD. However the effect of the hormone estrogen usually makes the symptoms more acute for the female. Women are often mis-diagnosed as having psychometric pain when the underlying problem is actually TMD.