Jaw Joint (TMJ) Disorders
The jaw joint is unique among joints due to the presence of a soft disk that lies between the bones of the joint. The soft disk can be affected by a variety of problems leading to painful, reduced joint function. Some of the more common problems affecting the disk are stress, clenching, night grinding, and poor bite alignment. Chewing tough food and opening wide can become painful. Sometimes, opening and closing produces painful clicking or popping in the joint. Occasionally, the jaw joint can even lock in either a closed or open position. Headaches are also common.
A very large majority of TMJ cases can be conservatively (non-surgically) treated using removable bites splints that fit over the teeth and are used to change the joint position so that healing of the disk can begin to occur. Ahh, doesn’t that feel better? Bite splints often reduce headaches associated with TMJ disorders.
If you have any of the above symptoms, please give us a call. We can help!