TMJ Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment

The two points that connect the lower jaw to your skull are called the temporomandibular joints. They are two of the most complex joints in the human body. Because of their complexity, they are susceptible to painful physical disorders. But these can be successfully treated at Poss Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN.

These conditions are referred to broadly as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ/TMD. It occurs most often in adults between the ages of twenty and forty. There is no single cause, but contributing factors include:

  • Misaligned teeth or jaw
  • Trauma
  • Stress, with associated teeth grinding or clenching
  • Arthritis


One of the most common symptoms of TMJ disorder is pain or tenderness in the jaw, face, and the neck and shoulders. It’s particularly noticeable when you bite or chew, or open your mouth wide.

Other common symptoms:

  • A clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • A tired feeling in the face
  • A bite that feels misaligned
  • The jaws getting stuck or locked in open or closed positions

Initial treatments for TMJ disorder include relaxation techniques and stress management. Physical therapy can help. Other treatments include pain medication and ice packs or hot packs.

But an important first step is an accurate diagnosis. At Poss Sleep Apnea & TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN, advanced technology allows us to get the most accurate diagnosis possible. We will customize a treatment plan that includes short and long-term goals. If you or a loved one is suffering from TMJ disorder, please call us to schedule an appointment.