Dr. McCoy has had thorough training in bite related problems and TMJ disorders. He has helped relieve jaw pain for many of his patients. Some patients come to him specifically for this jaw problem and the pain associated with migraine headaches.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with this jaw joint and surrounding chewing muscles. This joint is immediately in front of the ear on each side of your head. The joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side and enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn.
Most dentists believe that symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. Injury to the jaw, the TMJ or the muscles of the head and neck such as from a heavy blow or whiplash can cause TMD. Other possible causes include:
People with TMD can experience severe pain and discomfort that can be temporary or last for many years. More women than men experience TMD and is seen most commonly in people between the ages of 20 and 40.