The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull and allows your jaw to move up and down and side to side. Your TMJ allows you to talk, chew, and yawn. Any problems with the TMJ joints and the related muscles are TMJ disorders. If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Dennis Burrell may treat TMJ in University Place, Washington:

  • Pain in your face, jaw joint, neck and shoulders, or ear area when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
  • Issues when you open your mouth wide
  • Jaws that lock open or shut
  • Clicking or grating sounds when you use your jaw
  • A tired feeling in your face
  • Issues with chewing or a suddenly uncomfortable bite
  • Swelling in the face

There are a number of things that can cause TMJ disorders. Injury to the jaw, the joint, or your head and neck muscles can cause TMJ disorders. Grinding or clenching the teeth puts a lot of pressure on the joint and can cause problems. Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint can cause pain. Arthritis in the joint or stress that causes you to tighten your facial and jaw muscles or clench your teeth can also cause TMJ disorders.

We encourage you to contact Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC today to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentist.