TMJ stands for the term temporomandibular joints, which connect the lower jaw to the skull in front of the ear. This complex set of joints is comprised of muscles, blood vessels, nerves and bones, which control the opening and closure of the mouth necessary for biting, chewing, swallowing, speaking, and making facial expressions. Due to the intricacies of the muscular systems associated with the jaw area, temporomandibular joints can often become irritated or misaligned.
Causes of TMJ disorder vary among patients but are often related to injury, oral misalignment, grinding or clenching of the teeth. Dr. Powell can diagnose and recommend a treatment to alleviate pain and improve or restore normal TMJ function, typically using non-invasive TMJ therapy procedures.