The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the ball and socket joint which can be found just in front of the lower part of your ear. Your TMJ is what allows your lower jaw to move when you talk, chew or brush your teeth. When you open your mouth wide the ball comes out of the socket and, unlike any other joint in your body, moves forward. It then goes back into place when you close your mouth. Facial and ear pain are associated with TMJ and can be either intermittent or constant and may last for many years.
If you or one of our dentists suspect that you suffer from TMJ, Dr. Krone will evaluate your jaw-to-bite relationships, which are typically the source of TMJ problems. We will then work with you to develop a treatment plan that helps with your symptoms and addresses their root causes. We have family members who suffer from TMJ and fully understand the pain and frustration it can cause. Please reach out to us if you’re experiencing problems!