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TMJ disorder, or TMD, affects many Americans, but knowing if you have a TMJ disorder is not always simple. Our dental team is here to answer your basic questions about TMJ disorder to help you better understand this condition.

What does TMJ stand for?
TMJ is an acronym for “temporomandibular joints,” which are located on either side of your head and help you open and close your mouth, chew, swallow, and speak.

What can cause TMJ disorder?
There are many causes of TMJ, including arthritis, the dislocation of a disc, injury, misalignment in the teeth or jaw, stress, and bruxism. Dr. Pete Nathe will diagnose the cause of your TMD before suggesting treatment.

What is the difference between TMJ and TMD?
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joints, while TMD is the abbreviated name of the actual disorder and refers to any problem that prevents the complex TMJ system from functioning properly.

Can TMJ disorder be treated?
Yes, it can! Yakima Smiles offers several different treatment options for TMD, some of which can be performed at home. Our dentist may recommend a splint or night guard to stabilize your bite a more correct position.

Address your jaw pain today; call (509) 941-2957 to schedule a consultation and learn your options for TMJ treatment in Yakima, Washington.