Is Your TMJ Talking Too Much?

blabbermouthTMJ stands for temporomanibular joints. Your temporomandibular joints are the jaw joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. Because of these joints you can open your mouth to talk, chew, yawn, eat, and drink.  Put your fingers in front of each ear and open your mouth. Can you feel your jaw joint? Temporomanibular joint disorders can cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. An estimated 10 million Americans suffer with the condition, and according to studies the condition is more common in women. Read on to find out if your TMJ is talking too much.



We all know people that talk a lot, but you really can’t talk too much, at least not enough to harm your TMJs. Often there is no apparent cause of a jaw joint disorder, but the following can contribute:

  • Jaw disc dislocation
  • Accident or trauma
  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Bruxism: Chronic grinding and clenching of the teeth which puts excessive pressure on the jaw joints
  • Stress that triggers bruxing and tightening of the facial and jaw muscles


Symptom of TMJ disorders include:

  • Pain in the jaw or surrounding facial muscles
  • Morning headaches or frequent migraines
  • Stiffness of the jaw and jaw muscles, limited jaw movement, or locking jaw
  • Pain radiating from the jaw to the neck
  • Popping, clicking jaw
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Ear pain
  • Pain that radiates to or from the jaw, face, or neck
  • Grating jaw joint


Although TMJ can be difficult to diagnose, treatments are commonly conservative. They include:

  • Jaw stretches
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Hot and cold therapies
  • Nightime dental mouth guards

However, if excessive wear or other damage has been done to the teeth you may need restorative treatments such as dental bonding or veneers.


As a native of northwest Indiana, Nicholas Cain, DDS, is dedicated to providing excellent general, preventive, and family dentistry services to the community that raised him. To schedule your appointment, call Healthy Smiles today at 219-938-2637.