Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ), or “jaw joints,” are the hinged joints on either side of the jaw that are responsible for opening and closing the mouth. Some patients suffer from a condition known as "Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction" (TMD) in which one or both joints do not move in a smooth, fluid manner.
Symptoms of TMD include frequent headaches, jaw pain, clenching or teeth grinding (bruxism) during sleep. The long-term effects of TMJ disorders can lead to serious dental problems and pain management issues if not addressed.
As part of a complete dental examination, our doctors will evaluate your jaw joints and obtain a dental background to uncover possible signs of TMD. If you have a history of teeth grinding, clenching or jaw pain, they may recommend a TMJ study using xrays and joint vibration analysis to analyze your symptoms and develop a plan to manage them.
In some cases, a therapeutic approach using a Nightguard to protect the jaw joints from bruxism or clenching can help manage more chronic symptoms.
If you suffer from the symptoms of TMJ disorder, please Contact Us to schedule a complete examination so that our doctors can fully evaluate your oral health and address your specific needs.