TMJ Pain—also and more properly referred to as TMJD—can result from a number of factors. It could be an issue with the muscles in the jaw. It could be in the bone, cartilage or other parts of the joint.
The TMJ itself is the point where your lower jaw meets your skull in front of your ears. This is how people are able to move their jaw, chew, talk and even yawn. Situations that can lead to TMJD can include:
The most basic symptoms of TMJD are serious discomfort and pain which can be temporary and clear up or can last for many years. This pain can affect one side or both sides of the jaw. It is more common among men than women and most frequently occurs between age 20 and 40.
Other symptoms include:
Dr. Baker studied under Dr. Alex Vidan, a renowned specialist in treating TMJD who works out of St. Louis, MO. While TMJD is often treated by dentists, Dr. Baker can work with the patient’s dental specialist to add his own expertise to resolve the problems and provide a whole-body solution to the problem.
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