Michael J. Karakourtis, D.D.S., Ltd.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

TMJ Disorder

TMD, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is a problem that can cause pain of the jaw, face, head, and neck. Some of the common symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder include pain in the jaw joint area, clicking or locking of the jaw with associated muscle pain, and frequent headaches. A severe malocclusion (bad bite), clenching or grinding habits, and emotional stress can contribute to TMJ disorder, muscle spasms, and facial pain. Early diagnosis and treatment may help eliminate symptoms, prevent degenerative changes in the jaw joint, and possibly prevent joint surgery.

TMJ Disorder treatment can range from self-care techniques, to more extensive physical therapy and sometimes surgery.

If you are experiencing symptoms of pain in your face, jaw, head or neck, you may be suffering from TMJ Disorder and muscular pain. A thorough evaluation and TMJ examination can help establish a diagnosis and proper treatment.