What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint.
- Temporal—describing the temple area of skull right in front of the ear.
- Mandibular—describing the mandible, or lower jaw.
- Joint—which is where the head and jaw meet.
Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, the disk that provides cushioning in the joint, trauma, or excess muscle tension.
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
- Neck or shoulder pain
TMJ Treatment Options
Dental TMJ treatments can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, visits to the physical therapist or chiropractor, 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. Sometimes our team, along with specialists, may determine that surgery is required to repair a badly damaged joint.