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Iowa Falls, IA 50126
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Jaw TMJ

Is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder a Problem for You?

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the temporal bone of the skull to the mandible bone of the jaw. Cushioning these two bones is a thin disc of cartilage. Muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue also support this joint. It is the most used joint in the entire body and it affects your ability to talk, chew, and swallow.

TMJ disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. Is TMJ disorder causing you problems? Begin to find out by asking yourself these questions…

  • Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
  • Do you have frequent headaches, neckaches, or facial pain behind the eyes?
  • Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
  • Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
  • Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
  • Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat, or yawn?
  • Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
  • Have you ever injured your neck, head, or jaw?
  • Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken, or worn?
  • Does your bite feel off balance?

The more times you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, the more likely it is that you have a TMJ disorder. Let Dr. Gimer help you find relief and comfort. With the right diagnosis and a personalized treatment program, many of our patients find relief from the pain and other symptoms of a TMJ disorder.

How can TMJ be treated?

Dr. Gimer has many ways to help treat TMJ. Contact our office directly to see which options will work best for you.

Simple techniques you can try on your own:

  • Avoid chewing hard foods
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen
  • Opening and closing mouth
  • Heat to the jaw area
  • Stress reduction
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