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Understanding TMJ Disorders

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The Temporomandibular Joint is the most used joint in the entire body, opening and closing up to 2000 times per day, allowing us to chew, speak and breathe. It is also a very complicated joint. The Temporomandibular Joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones in your skull. Attached by muscles and ligaments, the TMJ allows your jaw to move up, down, and side to side. Pain in the TMJ and surrounding muscles is called TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction).



Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain when chewing
  • TMJ sounds such as clicking, popping, and grating
  • Headaches
  • Ear pain and fullness
  • Facial pain / Muscle fatigue and tenderness
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Sensitive teeth when no dental problems can be found


 Although there can be many causes for your jaw pain, the most common causes are:

  • Trauma such as sprains, strains, whiplash, blow to the head / neck
  • Clenching and/or bruxism
  • Misalignment of teeth / loss of teeth
  • Arthritis
  • Poor posture


Getting a proper diagnosis and finding a doctor that is capable of treating your facial pain can be a difficult task. While general dentists are normally not trained to recognize TMD problems, Dr. Chebanu and his staff have acquired the special education and training needed to successfully treat your Temporomandibular Disorder. Having his PhD in Oral Surgery, Dr. Chebanu is an active member of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and has been certified in the treatment and diagnosis of TMD. Our office is equipped with the industries leading technology to properly diagnose and treat your Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. 

Once you visit our office and experience our knowledge and expertise first hand, you will know you made the right choice for your overall health and well being.

Visit our specials page to find out about our current specials including a Comprehensive TMJ Evaluation! Or simply call (954)792-6266 to make an appointment today!

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