The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints and jaw muscles used to open and close your mouth. They are located on either side of your head and include muscles, ligaments and the jawbone. The TMJ is used to chew, speak and swallow. They are also used to move the lower jaw forward, backward and side to side. Jaw joints have a disc between the ball and socket. The disc cushions the load of the joint movement while allowing the jaw to rotate, glide or open widely. Any problem that hinders these muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from functioning properly can result in temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). Common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include:

  • Tenderness in the face, jaw joint, neck, shoulders or ear area when chewing, speaking or opening the mouth wide
  • Issues when trying to open the mouth wide
  • Jaws that lock in the open or closed mouth position
  • Clicking, popping or grating sounds in the TMJ when chewing or opening and closing the mouth
  • A tired feeling in the face
  • Trouble chewing
  • A sudden uncomfortable bite
  • Swelling on the side of the face

Dr. Michael Wilhite provides TMJ treatment in Davidson, North Carolina, to relieve discomfort, improve your oral health and function, and restore your quality of life. Contact Davidson Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today at 704-987-2277 to learn more and schedule your consultation with our dentist.