TMJ Disorders
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. The temporomandibular joint allows the lower jaw (mandible) to move. Occasionally damage associated with the joint can occur disrupting the function of the jaw. A multitude of factors can initiate TMJ disorders. Arthritis, grinding of the teeth, trauma and injury to the joint are some possible factors responsible for TMJ disorders and their symptoms.

There are a variety of symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. Some symptoms may include earaches or headaches, and pain when opening and closing the mouth. Patients with TMJ disorders often suffer from an inability to open the mouth to its full potential, as well as, clicking sounds upon opening and closing of the mouth.


TMJ Relief
Treatment for TMJ disorders may involve splint therapy, bite plate, or night guard. Medications for pain and muscle relaxation may be prescribed in assisting to obtain desired results. With extreme cases surgery may become necessary. Surgery may involve either arthroscopy or repair of damaged tissue by a direct surgical approach.

If you suffer from the symptoms of a TMJ disorder please contact our office at your earliest convenience as delayed treatment and diagnosis could allow for conditions to worsen and symptoms to intensify.