The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw with your skull. This joint allows you to move your jaw so that you can talk, chew, and yawn. Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket that cushions the load of the joint. Any issues with the joint and the muscles associated with it are TMJ disorders. The following are common causes of TMJ disorders:

• Grinding or clenching the teeth
• Movement of the disc between the ball and socket of the TMJ
• Arthritis in the TMJ
• Stress, which can cause you to tighten the muscles in the face and jaw

If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway may treat TMJ in Shelby Township, Michigan:

• Pain in the face, jaw joint, neck and shoulders, or around the ear when you move your jaw
• Issues when you open your mouth wide
• Jaws that lock open or shut
• Clicking sounds in the TMJ when you open or close your mouth
• A sudden uncomfortable bite
• Swelling on the side of your face

Our dentists may recommend a night guard to treat TMJ disorders. When worn during sleep, this custom-made mouth guard will protect your jaws from the effects of teeth clenching and grinding.

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