Temporal-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Treatment
TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. It is the joint between the temple area of the skull and the mandible (lower jaw). Problems in this joint may be caused by a mal-alignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension brought about by clenching or grinding (bruxing) of the teeth.
Problems associated with this complex joint include headaches, earaches, difficulty or soreness in opening and closing the mouth, popping of the jaw, and pain in the jaw muscles.
The most common treatments for Temporal-Mandibular Disorder (TMD) can include replacing missing teeth, orthodontia, bite adjustments, and occlusal guards (nightguards). These guards are made of acrylic and fit either the top or bottom teeth. Usually worn at night, the guards aid in preventing clenching or grinding which exacerbate TMD Symptoms.