The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as a hinge, connecting your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. This joint allows you to move your jaw up and down, and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles.
Recognizing the symptoms is the first step towards getting the right
treatment. Some common TMD symptoms include:
  • Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw, neck, and shoulders
  • Trouble opening your mouth wide
  • Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth
  • A tired feeling in your face
  • Swelling on the side of your face
Jaw pain and jaw dysfunction (TMD) can disrupt your daily activities and reduce your quality of life.
Whether it’s difficulty chewing, speaking, or simply resting, TMD can be a persistent source of discomfort.
At Merritt Chiropractic, our goal is to not only treat the underlying cause of your TMD but also to provide you with lasting relief from jaw pain. Our goal is to give our patients a pain-free and fully functional jaw, by addressing the cause of the issues rather than just the symptoms. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities. Dr. Merritt is well equipped and experienced to offer
non-invasive solutions.