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Your jaw is hinged by a pair of temporomandibular joints that play a vital role in the basic function of your mouth. They allow you to open your mouth to speak, as well as chew food. Each of the joints incorporates a complex matrix of muscles and connective tissues that work in tandem to perform a wide range of oral functions.

TMJ disorder is a general term used to describe physical dysfunction or discomfort in one or both temporomandibular joints. Common symptoms often involve a dull ache or soreness in the muscles in front of the ears or around your temples as well as discomfort when biting down. Some individuals also experience an abnormal click or temporary lockup in one of the temporomandibular joints.

If you have noticed any symptoms like this, it’s best to seek a professional diagnosis at Gentle Family Dentistry & Orthodontics Once our dentist has assesses the severity of your TMJ disorder they can help you understand your treatment options.

The first stage of a TMJ disorder treatment plan often includes simple lifestyle modifications such as making softer food choices, applying hot or cold packs and performing facial stretching exercises. If you don’t experience significant symptom relief in a few weeks, our dentist might recommend more advanced treatments.

If you live in the Cedar City, Utah, area and you have been experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should call 435-586-9991 to seek a professional diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Sage White.