Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) refers to the joint that connects the jaw to both sides of the skull.
These joints allow us to move our jaw and open our mouth, allowing us to speak, chew, and swallow. A healthy TMJ is made up of cartilage, muscle, ligaments, and bone.
When the TMJ sustains severe damage, it can trigger what is called temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Patients who suffer from TMD experience a variety of issues like a painful jaw and face, popping and clicking noises in the jaw, headaches, lockjaw, and decreased mobility of the jaw bone.
Dr. Cochran is qualified to diagnose and treat patients who suffer from TMJ/TMD disorders.