TMJ disorders are conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is the joint connecting your lower jaw to your head. Also known as TMD, this condition occurs when the jaw joint is stressed, injured or misaligned. Common signs of TMJ disorders include:
- A locked or stuck jaw
- An inability to open your mouth widely
- Frequent headaches and migraines
- Grinding, clicking or popping sounds when your jaw moves
- Pain in the neck, shoulders and ears
- Pain when chewing and biting
TMJ treatment works to relieve the stress and discomfort of your jaw joint, giving you a healthier and more comfortable quality of life. It also improves your oral function, allowing you to speak, yawn and chew without difficulty so that you can once again perform daily actions in comfort.
Your treatment will depend on the severity of your TMJ disorder. Common treatments include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, restorative dental treatments, night guards and lifestyle changes. If your case is more severe, our dentists may also recommend jaw surgery. We will assess your condition during your initial consultation and discuss your options to create a treatment plan that meets your needs.