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What is TMJ Disorder?

Also referred to as TemporoMandibular Disease (TMD)

Written by South Florida dentist Dr. Jeffrey Lissauer, serving Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach

TMJ Disorder (TMD) pain shown by red circle on image of skull

TMJ Disorder (also known as TMD) is a medical condition affecting your jaw joint and the muscles that help open and close your mouth.

In medical terms, the jaw joint is called the TemporoMandibular Joint (TMJ). This extremely important joint allows you to open and close your mouth, so you can chew, eat, and speak properly.

If you place your fingers directly on the front part of your ears, you can actually feel the joint when you open and close your mouth. In a healthy jaw joint, when you put your fingers in the correct location, you should not feel any discomfort, popping, or clicking.

Although the function of the jaw joint seems simple, this joint is arguably the most complex in the human body. Due to this complexity, problems can develop. These problems may translate into pain around the actual joint, difficulty opening your mouth, muscle aches, soreness while chewing, muscle spasms, or other discomfort associated with the joint. These symptoms are all associated with TMJ Disorder.

Actually, more people suffer from TMJ Disorder than one would think. Around 10 million people in the US have TMJ Disorder, according to the American Dental Association. Women are twice as likely as men to develop TMJ Disorder, and the most common age group is 20 to 40 year olds.

Below are many links to tons of information that I have written about TMJ Disorder, including the symptoms, causes, and treatment of this disease. Our goal at Lissauer Dental is to help our patients understand what makes a smile beautiful and healthy. So, if you are interested in learning more about TMJ, please continue to read…

About my experiences helping patients with TMJ Disorder

After attending and teaching at Tufts Dental School, I moved to south Florida with my wife Joanne and have been practicing in the Delray and Boynton Beach area for over 25 years. Each year, more new patients come to my office for treatment of TMJ Disorder. The disease is certainly becoming more prevalent. Some dentists attribute this to the elevated stress levels in America, while others believe patients are just more apt to seek care. Regardless, if you experience symptoms, my strongest advise is to seek a professional opinion. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a TMJ evaluation, please feel free to contact us

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