The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the ball and socket joint that allows the lower jaw to open, close and move sideways when chewing and speaking. Some patients complain of noise, clicking or pain in the joints when eating, opening or closing their mouth and/or speaking. Others complain of headache or muscle pain. All of these may be signs or symptoms associated with the “TMJ”.
To a dentist, TMJ problems include not only the joints themselves, but also the muscles, tendons and ligaments that allow them to move. Bruxing or grinding teeth are a big culprit to TMJ problems.
Depending on the severity of your condition and other factors, there are a number of possible treatment options, including pain relief through the application of moist heat, oral appliances (plastic devices that slip over the upper or lower teeth to prevent grinding), bite therapy, TMJ exercises and/or anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants.
Our doctors are well versed on all of these treatments and have experienced great success with them.