Temporomandibular joint dysfunctions and disorders can be difficult to diagnose and treat because the problem often crosses over into several different specialties in medicine and dentistry. The temporomandibular joint, sometimes referred to as the TMJ or the jaw joint, connects the lower jaw to the rest of the skull in front of the ears on each side of the face. The jaw joint is one of the most used joints in the entire body – you use it to talk, chew, sing, shout, yawn, and swallow. Between each joint, there is a small, soft disc or cushion that allows the joint to function smoothly.
TMJ disorders can result from improper movement between the jaw joint, discs and muscles. It is estimated that as many as one in every four Americans suffers from one or more symptoms of a TMJ disorders. TMJ disorders can result in significant pain and discomfort. We welcome you to call our office in Boise, Idaho today to learn more about TMJ disorders and how our doctor can help you find relief from pain and discomfort. Dr. Powell is dedicated to finding the unique treatment that fits your needs.