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The smooth, comfortable motion of your jaw is important for the function of your mouth and the ability to bite, chew, and grind the foods you eat. This is thanks to the complex temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. These joins work in tandem with a complex series of small muscles and ligaments. The center of each joint includes a small cartilaginous disc, which allows your temporomandibular joints to slip, thus allowing you to grind tough foods.

TMJ disorder is a blanket term used to describe a wide range of problems that can occur in these joints. This could result from a past dislocation in one or both of the temporomandibular joints, arthritis issues, or complications from something as mundane as grinding your teeth at night.

Common symptoms include a pain or soreness near the temples, in front of the ears or within the joint itself. This could also be accompanied by a pain when biting down and applying pressure to the joints. For some people, the temporomandibular joints might also click when chewing. While this is not always a direct symptom of the TMJ disorder, it can be related to other symptoms.

If you’ve been experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms in Dayton, Ohio, you should call (937) 435-0324 to schedule an appointment at Rahn Dental Group.