TMJ Treatment

TMJ treatment are medical procedures to aid in the longterm healthy function of the jaw and teeth of a dental patient.

TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.

TMJ Problems can cause:

Headaches
Earaches
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

After a thorough exam it may be determined that an orthopedic appliance is needed to reposition the jaw to place the joint in a more correct position which will also reduce the strain on the muscles involved and thus relieve the muscle spasms. Once comfort is established, the patient has the choice to continue with an appliance or in a few cases have orthodontics or even in a full mouth reconstruction with crowns. The goal is to reach the patients treatment objectives with the most cost effective and conservative TMJ treatment.