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The temporomandibular joints, called TMJ, are the joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Located on each side of the head, your TMJ work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include muscles and ligaments as well as the jaw bone. They also control the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves forward, backward and side to side.


Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket. The disc cushions the load while enabling the jaw to open widely and rotate or glide. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder.


If necessary for your symptoms, the following treatments may be advised:

• Exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles

• Medications prescribed by your dentist; for example, muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-anxiety drugs or anti-inflammatory medications

• A night guard or bite plate to decrease clenching or grinding of teeth.


In some cases, Dr. Cochell may recommend fixing an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping some teeth. Orthodontic treatment may also be recommended. He can suggest the most appropriate therapy based on the suspected cause.



      1403 “C” Street

      Washougal, WA 98671

P    (360) 835-2178

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Welcome to Washougal Family Dental. We believe that your dental health and smile are very important to your well being. Justin Cochell, DMD, and his staff, take pride in providing you with their best dental work and services.