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Do you believe that you may have TMJ disorder? If so, you may want to know that it is a fairly common disorder. 10 million people in our nation alone have been diagnosed, and many more suffer without diagnosis or treatment.

The central feature of TMJ disorder is jaw pain. Other specifics may include an aching pain around the ear, facial pain, trouble chewing, and the locking of the jaw. You may also hear or feel a popping noise while working your jaw joints, but if there is no pain, you won’t need treatment.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) works as a controller for the motion of your jaw. It is cushioned in cartilage and the center is separated by a small disk that should typically soak up the shock of your mouth’s movements. TMJ disorder can be the consequence of that cartilage or disk wearing away or moving out of alignment. It can also take place when there is damage as a result of arthritis, or due to the aftermath of a blow or another type of forceful impact. Stress, bruxism, leaning on the chin or biting your nails may all be causative factors.

Sometimes TMJ leaves on its own without treatment. If your symptoms are unrelenting, however, Dr. Bruce Utterback and Pia Sweeney can offer you many courses of treatment. Medication, mouth guards, physical therapy, and even counseling can all be viable choices.

If you are experiencing jaw pain and would like relief, you can call 757.222.3737 to visit our Sweeney Utterback Dentistry office in Virginia Beach, Virginia, today!