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TMJ and TMD Treatment

TMJ and TMD Treatment

Temporomandibular joint disorder, often referred to as TMJ or TMD, is a disease of Cranial Facial Anatomy resulting in a broad array of symptoms that can arise from an issue in the function and positioning of the lower jaw. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge joint on each side of your head, in front of your ears, that connects the lower jawbone to your skull. TMJ leads to tenderness and pain in the jaw, face, head, and neck. Symptoms vary from patient to patient, which makes diagnosing TMJ difficult for certain cases. Common symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Orofacial pain
  • Back, neck, cervical pain
  • Postural problems
  • Locking of the jaw, open or closed
  • Ringing in the ears, ear pain, and ear congestion
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Visual disturbances
  • Tingling in fingers and hands

This disorder may arise from injury to the jaw (a heavy blow to the head or whiplash), grinding or clenching teeth, dislocation of the joints, arthritis, stress, or a pathologic bite. If you grind your teeth at night, you may need a mouth guard to protect your smile and prevent them from meshing together. We can improve your bite by balancing the surfaces of your teeth, replacing missing teeth, or replacing fillings or crowns. We are trained to make orthotics to hold the jaw where joints and muscles of the head and neck are balanced and pain-free.

Maintaining a stable bite is essential to your oral health and ensures your teeth will come in contact in the most pain-free manner possible. If you are experiencing any kind of orofacial pain or any of the symptoms listed above, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with our office.