Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders

TMJ Disorders, TMD Diagnosis and Treatment

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Jaw and facial pain, difficulty opening and closing your mouth (jaw lock), clicking, and popping may all be signals of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), also called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. While pain and other TMD symptoms are often temporary, a TMJ specialist can help if your jaw and facial pain persist or if you are unable to completely open your mouth.

Duke Health has a range of TMJ specialists, from dentists who specialize in noninvasive treatments for facial and jaw pain, to oral and maxillofacial surgeons who are trained and skilled in corrective jaw surgery, if your condition has progressed. Together, our goal is to identify the factors that may be responsible for your TMJ disorder and help you improve your quality of life.