Temporal Mandibular Joint Disease (TMD)



Many times people suffer from sore muscles and joints. They have frequent headaches and the jaw joints pop and click with pain. There must be a good relationship between the teeth, chewing muscles, and joints. If the relationship is out of balance, a person can suffer. The jaw joint is very unique in the fact that it can rotate as well as move out of the socket without dislocating.

This disease goes through five stages of breakdown and pain can come and go. TMD must be diagnosed and the cause must be identified to stop this disease. It can never be changed without surgery so it is important to seek help when signs start to appear. Frequent headaches in the side of the head, down the face and into the neck relate to sore chewing muscles. Popping and clicking or a grating sound, as well as pain in the ears are signs of jaw joint problems. Broken and cracked teeth or noticeable wear, as well as grinding of teeth are also part of this problem. Many times with pain in the ears, a person seeks consultation from a physician known as an ENT. This doctor will rule out an inner ear infection. They may or may not know that it could be TMD.

Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:

  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in the face
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Tinnitus
  • Neck and shoulder pain

My practice is devoted to getting to the cause of the problem. Working on creating a firm foundation is the key to long term dental health.


Testimonial from Jamie Price. She describes how Dr. TJ Bolt helped relieve her of TMJ pain. Dr. Bolt has treated many patients in Omaha for TMJ relief.

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If you or someone you know suffers from these symptoms, call (402) 572-8000 and we will work together to make you more comfortable.


Thomas J. Bolt D.D.S., P.C.
2953 South 168th Street Omaha, Nebraska 68130
Phone: (402) 572-8000

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