The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. The term “TMJ” is often used to refer to TMJ disorder, also called TMD, which occurs when the jaw joint becomes stressed, injured, or misaligned. TMJ disorder may result due to several different factors, such as stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the head, neck, or jaw.
You may suffer from TMD if you experience frequent jaw pain or facial pain. TMJ disorders may also cause:
Our dentist can help you determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend the appropriate treatment. Treatment for the TMJ will depend on the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder. TMD treatment may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, a mouth guard or night guard, or jaw surgery. To learn more about TMJ treatment and to schedule your consultation with our dentist, we encourage you to contact us today.
Only in recent decades has the dental profession as a whole begun to appreciate the importance of neuromuscular dentistry issues when working with the mouth and jaw.
In particular, the temporomandibular joint can become misaligned, causing a host of physical problems, including pain, damage to the teeth, jaw, and nerves in the head, causing painful headaches.
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the upper jaw to your head. A healthy, properly aligned temporomandibular joint provides a broad range of motion—up and down, side to side, and front to back—and an improperly aligned temporomandibular joint can result in a host of problems, from difficulty chewing, excess wear and tear on the teeth, nocturnal teeth grinding, and pain issues including jaw pain and migraine headaches, brought on by the constant stress of the body trying to make adjustments to the misalignment.
A properly trained neuromuscular dentist can not only diagnose existing problems, including temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), but he or she can also take the alignment of the temporomandibular joint into consideration when performing procedures that affect the overall structure of the mouth and alignment of the jaw, such as dental implants, porcelain veneers, bridges, dentures, and orthodontics.