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What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder, also called TMJ or TMD, describes a group of conditions that affect the muscles in your jaw. Temporomandibular joints are located on each side of your mouth and connect the lower jaw to the skull. These joints allow you to move your jaw up and down and side to side.  When they become inflamed facial pain and difficulty moving your jaw can occur.  Other symptoms you may experience are a locking or popping jaw, soreness in your head or shoulders, frequent headaches, or excessive wearing on your teeth.

TMJ Treatment in Missoula

If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, it is unlikely that symptoms will go away without some sort of treatment.  We encourage you to schedule an evaluation to discuss your options. There isn’t just one solution for everyone. Options for treatment can include the creation of a custom nightguard to allow the jaw joint to rest in its most comfortable position during the night, physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, muscle relaxers, joint lavage, or joint surgery.

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