Temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction is the term for irritation or pain experienced in the temporomandibular joint. This is an important bone structure in your body that connects the lower jaw to the skull.
TMJ may feel similar to a toothache, but it is not. The pain is actually affecting your jaw. It is a chronic problem and results in other concerns such as headaches, back, and neck pain. The causes of TMJ are likely to be trauma, disease, aging, or damaging teeth habits.
Treatment for TMJ depends on its causes. If incorrect alignment is the problem, orthodontic appliances can be used to rebalance the jaw. TMJ exercises can be performed to maintain balance and correct posture. Medications can also be prescribed to manage the pain resulting from this problem.
Located in Hollywood, Dr. Louie holds decades of experience in treating TMJ in patients. If you feel pain around your jaw area or are experiencing locked joints, please call us immediately for a consultation.