What is TMD or TMJ?
Both terms are used to explain all the different problems that can happen to the jaw joints.
What is it that makes the jaw pop?
A disc that lies between the lower jaw and the skull gets out of position.
Is it hereditary? Are you born with it?
It can have a genetic component and you can be born with it.
Is it considered a deformity or a disease?
A disorder is a better term
Can it get worse or better over time?
It can get better or worse. If it’s diagnosed and managed correctly, it usually gets better.
What treatment options are available?
It depends on the diagnosis like any joint in the body. Treatment options include: medications, physical therapy, splints, reconstruction, injection, behavior modification.
Does insurance cover this treatment?