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TMJ disorder is a painful condition that occurs when the temporomandibular joints, which hinge your lower jaw to your skull, become injured or inflamed. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include pain in the jaw, ear, face and neck, as well as swelling, lock-jaw, difficulty chewing, and a popping noise when opening and closing the mouth. We are highly experienced in TMJ problems and proper treatment procedures. First, we will determine if an improper bite is the cause of your symptoms and pursue orthodontics, restorations, or appliance therapy as necessary. Often, a splint or mouth guard is all that is needed to help alleviate the symptoms.
What is TMJ Therapy?
About TMJ Therapy
This short video explains how the jaw is supposed to work during a bite, and also shows how an irregular bite works. Over time, an irregular bite can lead to discomfort and uneven wearing of the teeth. A common therapy involves using an orthosis to correct the bite, which is shown in the video.
Mouth Splints Study
This article describes the positive effects of custom designed mouth splints on symptoms related to TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder). It describes a study of 157 dental patients with 12 common symptoms: popping, clicking and locking of the jaw; neck, shoulder, jaw and mouth opening pain; headaches; earaches; tinnitus; and clenching and grinding of the teeth.
The study concluded that patients saw significant improvement in 11 of the 12 symptoms, showing splints to be an effective treatment option for patients suffering from TMD. Download the article here (PDF).