What exactly is TMJ ?

By June 1, 2010 November 30th, 2018 General Dentistry

My sister has been diagnosed with TMJ.  I want to help her research this, and determine what her treatment options are. What exactly is it ?

Michael from Abilene , TX


“TMJ” stands for the temporomandibular joint, and there is one on each side of the head connecting the upper and lower jaws. It’s a complex joint and problems with it can also be complex, potentially involving muscles, tendons, teeth, ligaments and nerves. 

Temporomandibular joint disorders are often caused by the teeth not coming together properly in a comfortable rest position. They can also be caused by trauma to the joint. There are other things to know about TMJ.

Although no one can technically be referred to as a TMJ specialist, Dr. LaVacca’s education, experience and training as a certified prosthodontist make him extremely suited to diagnose and treat your TMJ pain.