TMJ Treatments

By: Absolute Smile, INC.  08/29/2014

TMJ stands for “temporal-mandibular joint.” So what does it really mean? Temporal is the temple area of skull. Mandibular refers to mandible, or lower jaw. The joint is where the head and jaw meet. Cartilage buffers the two bones and five muscles that meet in this area, but problems can create pain and biting difficulties. TMJ problems may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. TMJ symptoms: • Headaches • Earaches • Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth • Clicking or popping of the jaw • Jaw muscle pain • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face TMJ treatments: • Replacing missing teeth • Moving teeth • Adjusting the bite • Filling gaps between teeth No single solution is right in all TMJ cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece may be used to prevent clenching or grinding that adds to the problem. In severe cases or if left untreated, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.


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