TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. This is the joint where the head and jaw meet, just below the temples. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, a trauma, or excess muscle tension. The two bones that make up the TMJ are cushioned by cartilage and five muscles in that area.
Problems in this area can cause:
- Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face
Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.
If you think that you may be suffering from TMD, contact us today to schedule a consultation.