Common Questions about TMD and your TMJ
How can I locate my TMJ?
You can feel your TMJ by placing your finger on the boney structure in front of your ear. Press firmly as you open and close your mouth. The moving parts you feel are the TMJ.
What bones and muscles comprise the TMJ?
The TMJ is where the temporal bone of the skull connects with the mandible (lower jaw bone) and these two bones are cushioned by a thin cartilage disc. Whenever you have clicking or other sounds in the TMJ there is either a problem with the structure or function of this disc.
How do I know if I have a bad bite?
We consider a bite to be healthy when your teeth meet evenly, are aligned without crowding and do not wear upon each other. This requires the ball of the jaw joint to be properly positioned in the socket at the side of the skull (the TMJ) to allow the chewing muscles to work efficiently.
If the teeth or the TMJ are not aligned properly, the muscles have to work harder to adapt to inefficient function. Of course this also affects your chewing and therefore your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food you eat.
A healthy bite is about more than just teeth – it is essential to good overall health as the TMJ can affect various aspects of the musculoskeletal system from your mouth, neck, shoulders through your spine, and all the way down to your hips, knees and ankles. Learn more about integration in dentistry.
Is TMD a common condition?
Millions of people suffer from temporomandibular disorder (TMD), many of which don’t realize that the TMJ is causing or contributing to their discomfort. With the proper treatment at our Calgary clinic we can restore harmony to your TMJ.