What is TMJ?

Watch this video to learn more about temporomandibular joint disorder, its causes, and symptoms to be aware of.

You may have heard the term TMJ used before. Well, what is TMJ? TMJ is something we now call TMD. It stands for temporomandibular disorder. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which, if that is not working correctly, it gives you the disorder. Now, does that make sense? Probably not. But TMJ is pain in your jaw. It’s pain in your head, it’s pain in your neck. It can mean many different things for many different people.

That’s why it’s so confusing. So if you have some funny aches and pains, you’re not sure where it comes from, your jaw pops and clicks. You have migraines. If something feels a little bit missed, maybe it’s what we call TMD. Maybe it’s something else.

So when you hear that term, don’t be baffled. Just think, maybe that’s me. Maybe you know somebody that is restless. TMJ causes migraines in particular, and migraines can be helped in the dental office. So if you have any of these symptoms, please give us a call and we’ll be glad to talk with you about it.

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About John Hopkins, DDS

After attending Tulane University and receiving his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi in 1977, Dr. Hopkins graduated from the prestigious Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia.

At Emory, Dr. Hopkins studied directly under Dr. Ronald Goldstein, considered the father of modern aesthetic dentistry.

Following graduation from Emory in 1981, Dr. Hopkins joined an esteemed multi-specialty practice in Palm Beach, Florida, where he honed his skills in numerous dental specialties: endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery and aesthetics.

While in Florida, Dr. Hopkins also completed the continuum at the Pankey Institute, the most renowned dental education institute in the world.

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