Your TMJ Introduction

If you have ever experienced a preventive care visit (which we hope you have), you have likely heard the term “TMJ” mentioned. However, you may have no idea what this means, aside from the fact that it is related to your oral health in some way. When it comes to prevention, the health of your TMJs is in the foremost of our minds. As a result, we encourage you to take a glance through some helpful introductory material. You will quickly have a solid understanding of what’s what in the world of TMJ disorder and beyond.

Your TMJs

TMJ is an abbreviation. It stands for “temporomandibular joint.” This is another term for your jaw joints. Have you ever though much about what allows your mouth to open and close? The motion is provided by your TMJs, which give your jaw movement both up and down as well as side to side. Thanks to these joints, you may move your mouth to chew, to talk to others, to sing songs, to laugh, and more.

TMJ Disorder

When all goes well, your TMJs move comfortably, allowing you to move through your day without any hiccups. However, a variety of factors can negatively impact your TMJs’ ability to function smoothly. We refer to the associated problem as TMJ disorder. You may experience discomfort or strange sensations (like a popping or clicking in your jaw joints) when moving your lower jaw.

What To Do

We can treat your TMJ disorder, so you do not need to feel concerned that discomfort or other symptoms will continue or worsen forever. By scheduling a visit with us, you will receive a complete exam. We may then offer treatment with the use of a mouth guard, so your jaws can relax and heal, while your daily quality of life returns.


Our team offers our patients and their family access to comprehensive dental care, including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. To schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Cliniccontact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.