A Marvel of Evolution

Your lower jaw is connected to your skull by the two joints on each side of your head. They are complex joints, described by a complex word: temporomandibular. When something goes wrong with these joints it can be painful, but there is treatment available at Poss Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN.

The complexity of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, makes it a marvel of evolution. Along with the muscles in the face, it’s how we bite and chew, and move our jaws from side to side and forward and backward.

Along with muscles and bone, the joint consits of ligaments and disks. Ideally they are properly aligned. When they aren’t it can be a painful condition called temporomandibular disorder, or TMD.

The most common of these disorders is myofascial pain, which is in the soft tissues that cover the muscles used to control the jaw. Other forms of TMD come from trauma such as a dislocated jaw, or from joint diseases like arthritis.

The first step in treating TMD is an accurate diagnosis. At Poss Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN, we use advanced technology for the most accurate diagnosis possible. From there we customize a treatment plan. If you or a loved one is suffering from TMJ disorder, please call us to schedule an appointment.