Temporomandibular Joint/TMJ Dysfunction

Dr. Newhart has special training in the treatment of craniofacial pain and the jaw joints which are called the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ).

For reasons that vary from person to person, when one or both jaw joints fail to move properly and pain free, this is called Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.

Dr. Newhart is able to help most people with simple and conservative treatment. For those patients that have more involved problems, Dr. Newhart uses a multi-disciplinary approach that can assist people in eliminating or significantly reducing their pain.

What is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?

Proper function of the jaw relies on the health of facial muscles, bone, nerves, ligaments and the jaw joints. Problems in any of these areas can be a source of considerable discomfort and dysfunction.

What are some Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction:

  • pain or aching around the ears, cheeks, temples or face.
  • locking, popping, or grinding noises in the jaw joint during movement.
  • restriction of normal opening and jaw movement, tightness of the jaw.
  • headaches or facial pain.
  • inability to open or close the jaw without pain.