TMD Jaw Joint Disorder

TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, TMD, is a unique disorder because its symptoms do not always affect the jaw, mouth, or teeth; it can cause craniofacial pain as well as referred pain and fatigue all over the body, making some people suffer for years before determining what the true problem is.

Some TMJ symptoms may not seem like a big deal, but they can identify a problem that can cause more serious symptoms in the future.  Some of the most common symptoms people suffer from include:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Tooth Pain in the Morning
  • Clicking/Popping Jaw Joint
  • Lock Jaw, or Trismus
  • Grinding Teeth
  • Clenching Teeth
  • Worn Teeth
  • Chipped Teeth
  • Loose Teeth
  • Eroded Gums
  • Notched Teeth
  • Snoring
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Forward Head Posture
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Neck Pain
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Arm Pain

Long-term treatment

This can include a number of different or combined TMJ solutions, including:

  • After your doctor has determined where your optimal jaw position is, we will help you keep your jaw in the position with a temporary orthotic that can be used to relieve your symptoms before a permanent treatment is performed.  Additionally, if back teeth (molars) are missing, these will need to be replaced to provide support for the TMJ;
  • Occlusal adjustments, or the slightly reshaping of your teeth for a more comfortable bite;
  • Orthodontics (Phase 1 appliance therapy & Phase 2 braces) to structurally correct the orthopedic challenges on the teeth, jaw, mouth and airways; preferably orthodontics should be performed without extracting any teeth which can further complicate the bite and narrow the arches and airways;
  • Restoring all your teeth placing crowns, sometimes called full mouth reconstruction, to rebuild a healthier bite, and if necessary, to increase the vertical dimension of your smile allowing more decompression of the temporomandibular joint and thus more blood flow and nutrients to the joint to help aid optimal healing and pain relief;
  • Removable orthotic, or mandibular repositioning appliance (MRA), which can be worn indefinitely to help decompress the TMJ, allow more blood flow, and help to maintain more relaxed muscles and nerves of the head, face and neck.