TMJ: A Painful But Solvable Problem
Many adults suffer from chronic facial pain. Some common symptoms include pain in or around the ear, tenderness of the jaw, clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth, or headaches and neck pain. Dr. Barr can help you by diagnosing whether you have TMJ.
Two joints and several jaw muscles make it possible to open and close the mouth. They work together when you chew, speak or swallow. They include muscles and ligaments, as well as the jaw bone--the mandible (lower jaw) with two joints called the temporomandibular joints or “TMJ.” The TM joints are among the most complex joints in the body. Located on each side of the head, they work together to make many different movements, including a combination of rotating and gliding actions used when chewing and speaking.
Dr. Barr can help identify the source of the pain with a thorough exam and appropriate x-rays, and offer treatments.
Restorative Care: TMJ Treatment