TMJ Disorder Treatment

Disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects your jawbone to your skull, can cause pain and make chewing difficult. Based on x-rays and a physical exam, we can provide a swift diagnosis of your symptoms. If Dr. Marin believes that they result from misaligned jaw joints, he will fit you for an oral splint or nightguard. These devices keep the lower jaw in proper position while you sleep, allowing muscles to relax and alleviating many symptoms. TMJ appliance therapy also prevents the wear and damage caused by clenching the teeth.

What causes TMJ?

TMJ disorder can be caused by injury to the jaw joints or surrounding tissues. Other TMD causes include:

  • Bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching).
  • Dislocation of the disc between the ball and socket joint
  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress.
  • Acute trauma
  • An improper bite

Common TMJ symptoms

TMJ dysfunction is most common in those 20 to 40 years of age and is more common in women than in men.

  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Pain in the neck or shoulders
  • Difficulty opening your mouth wide
  • Jaws that “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing your mouth
  • A tired feeling in your face
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in your ears
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together
  • Swelling on the side of your face
  • Tooth pain