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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Monday, August 18, 2008


Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a misaligned jaw joint. This joint is where the mandible (lower jaw) is connected to the skull, by the temporal plate. You can feel it if you place a finger in front of your ear and open your mouth.

The TMJ is one of the most complex joints of the body. It allows the jaw to not only open and close on a hinge, but also to slide back and forth and sideways. The versatility of this joint also allows more opportunities for pain and dysfunction.

You can see some of the TMD symptoms listed on our Neuromuscular Dentistry page and read about two of them in particular on the Bruxism and Headaches pages.

TMD can be caused by an impact to the side of the head, by genetic factors, by chronic tooth-grinding, or by misaligned teeth which prevent your upper and lower teeth from meeting comfortably.

We offer TMD diagnosis and treatment. Two of our dentists, Dr. Dooley and Dr. Quezada, are graduates of LVI (the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies). They have completed extensive post-graduate training in neuromuscular dentistry and will be happy to give you a personal consultation. Please contact us to set one up.

posted by Patti at 1:41 PM


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