FAQs: Do I Have TMJ Disorder?

Did you know that jaw joint strain can lead to a serious oral health problem? Over ten million people suffer from the warning signs of TMJ disorder. Also known as TMD, this disorder can lead to major complications and uncomfortable symptoms. Are you wondering, “Do I have TMJ disorder?” If so, take a look at a few common questions about this disorder.

Common Questions About TMJ Disorder

Question: What causes TMD?

Answer: TMD develops when the temporomandibular joints, which connect the jaw to the skull, undergo excessive amounts of stress. Strain can be the result of missing teeth, malocclusion, trauma to the jaw or face, or chronic teeth grinding. We will need to assess the cause of the strain in order to recommend the most appropriate treatment.

Question: What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?

Answer: You may experience a wide range of symptoms, including headaches, jaw pain, earaches, a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw, or discomfort in the neck or shoulders. If you experience one or more of these symptoms then contact our office today.

Question: Can I ease the symptoms myself?

Answer: You can often reduce the severity of the symptoms by placing a warm compress against the side of your face to ease joint tension, perform simply muscle exercises daily, or avoid eating hard or chewy foods, as the repetitive actions can exacerbate symptoms.

Question: How does the doctor treat jaw joint strain?

Answer: In most cases we will offer an oral appliance. The device looks similar to a nightguard and is worn during sleep. The device can reposition the jaw to ease tension. If you have any questions about treating TMJ disorder then please contact our office today. We want to help you enjoy a healthier and more comfortable smile.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, root canals, and pediatric dentistry. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.