The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. If you have persistent jaw pain, this may be a sign that there’s something wrong with the TMJ. Our Hudsonville dentists will be able to help you find TMJ relief to improve quality of life and avoid complications to oral health. Signs You May Need TMJ Treatment If you recognize any TMJ symptoms, schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible. During your appointment, one of our dentists will examine and feel along your jaw for abnormalities. We’ll also ask you to open and close your mouth so we can examine your bite and listen for clicking sounds that would indicate a TMJ disorder. TMJ symptoms include: \tJaw pain \tTMJ pain \tPain around your ear \tDifficulty or pain while eating \tJaws locked in place while mouth is open or closed Relief for TMJ Disorder Many of our patients find relief with a TMJ mouth guard, which helps hold the jaw in place while you sleep. Some TMJ disorders are caused by grinding teeth at night, which exerts pressure on your jaw and TMJ. Surgery is a last resort if other TMJ pain treatment hasn’t worked. Depending on your unique circumstances, we may refer you to a TMJ specialist. Learn More Our Hudsonville, MI, TMJ treatment dentists can help you protect your smile and relieve your jaw pain. Call Hudsonville Dental at (616) 209-4024, or contact us online to learn more.