Treatment of TMJ/TMD

TMD (Temporomandibular joint disorders) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. These disorders are also referred to as TMJ syndrome (TMJ is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull, which is immediately in front of the ear on each side of your head. The joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side and enabling you to talk, chew and yawn. Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw.

 

Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint or muscles of the head and neck - such as from a heavy blow or whiplash - can cause TMJ disorders. Other possible causes of TMD are:

 

 

Common symptoms of TMJ disorders include:

 

 

If suffer regularly from any of the problems mentioned above, or if you think you may have a problem with your jaw joint, please make an appointment to see us. We will be able to examine your teeth and jaw joint, and suggest ways of improving their functionality. In many cases, treatment can be surprisingly simple, but can have a noticeable effect on your health and well-being.