Headache, facial pain, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction affect millions of people and can be effectively treated when accurately diagnosed. Doctors at FCLA collaborate using a multidisciplinary approach to establish an accurate diagnosis and treatment regimen. Temporomandibular joint disorders describe a group of problems involving the temporomandibular - or 'jaw' - joints as well as the muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and other tissues associated with them. When the TMJ and its associated tissues are working as they should, you can open your mouth, talk, yawn, and chew. When there is a problem, you may suffer face and neck pain, stiffness, limited jaw movement, or aggravating and sometimes painful pops or clicks when you open your jaw.
Doctors at FCLA have more than 25 years of individual experience treating patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Clicking, popping, or snapping in the jaw joint is the most common symptom of TMJ. There may or may not be pain associated with a clicking jaw when the clicking or popping sound is heard. The clicking jaw sound may even be so loud that others can hear it when you chew or speak. Usually the cause of the clicking jaw is a displaced disc in the jaw. The jaw joints are ball and socket joints, just like the shoulder joint. When ball and socket joints are functioning properly, the ball and socket do not touch because of a thin disc of cartilage located between the ball and socket. This disc of cartilage is held in place and guided by a muscle. Temporomandibular disorders are conditions in which the temporomandibular joint is damaged and/or the muscles used for chewing and talking become stressed, causing pain or a clicking jaw. The condition may be the result of a number of factors, such as an injury to the jaw or joint misalignment, and may give rise to a variety of symptoms, most commonly pain in the jaw, face, and/or neck muscles. Physicians reach a diagnosis by listening to the patient's description of the symptoms and by performing a simple examination of the facial muscles and the temporomandibular joint. BACK