The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. This joint serves an important function as it allows your lower jaw to move up and down, side to side, and forward and back. However, the TMJ is susceptible to a number of different disorders, which collectively are referred to as TMD, or temporomandibular disorders. Once the joint becomes inflamed, irritated, or damaged, it can lead to jaw pain, teeth grinding, jaw clenching, headaches, earaches, and even neck pain.
There are a number of different treatment options available for TMD, depending on its severity. In some cases, simple at-home measures can be sufficient to provide relief. However, more intense symptoms may require the use of oral appliances, physical therapy, or even surgery. Our office provides oral appliances to treat TMD, which are often very effective in reducing or eliminating symptoms. Oral appliances work by taking the pressure and strain off of the TMJ, and preventing damage to the teeth from clenching or grinding.