Polk City Dentist Tests your TMJ Knowledge

Approximately 35 million people experience TMJ dysfunction. TMD may be caused by age, injury, stress, an imbalanced bite, or teeth grinding. Fortunately, Dr. Hussong is trained in treating TMD and alleviating your pain. Take this quiz to see how much you know about TMJ dysfunction.

1. What does TMJ stand for?

A. Terrible Migraine Joke
B. Temporomandibular Joint
C. Trouble Maintaining Justice

2. What is another word for teeth grinding?

A. Malocclusion
B. Periodontal
C. Bruxism

3. Which of the following is a symptom of TMD?

A. Migraines
B. Neck pain
C. Tooth wear
D. All of the above

4. How can Dr. Hussong treat TMD?

A. Mouthpiece
B. ClearCorrect
C. Jaw surgery


1. B. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. Your TMJs connect your jaw and skull and allow your jaw to move freely when you talk, chew, and open and close your mouth. When these joints become misaligned, a muscle imbalance causes strain, tension, and stiffness.

2. C. Bruxism is the habit of grinding or clenching your teeth. Bruxism puts extreme pressure on your teeth, jaws, facial muscles, and nerves. Grinding your teeth can also wear out your back molars and affect your bite.

3. D. Common symptoms of TMD include frequent headaches, migraines, jaw popping or clicking, neck pain, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, facial tension, worn teeth, earaches, shoulder pain, and back pain.

4. A. Dr. Hussong may recommend wearing a special mouthpiece to readjust your jaw alignment and prevent grinding. Additionally, your Polk City dentist can balance your bite and relieve your pain with restorative dentistry.

To treat TMD and relieve your pain, contact Dr. Hussong at Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.