The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the most used joint in the entire body. When health issues arise in this part of the body, chronic pain can affect the function of the jaw. This pain is called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. It can affect people of all ages, and if untreated, can result in dental damage and back and neck problems. When bad enough, the symptoms of TMD can spread to other parts of the body. Patients commonly experience difficulty opening their mouths wide, clicking/popping when biting, facial swelling, trouble chewing, or dull pain in the jaw that comes and goes. There are surgical and non-surgical options available to help treat the problem. If you have dental issues that are affecting your day-to-day life, California Dental Care can help!