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TMJ Treatment

Preventive Dentistry Services

TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong, a good deal of trouble can result.

Problems in this area can cause: 

  • Headaches 
  • Earaches 
  • Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth 
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw 
  • Pain in the jaw muscles 
  • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face 

There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a grinding splint is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. Dental treatments for this condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc.

If you have questions regarding TMJ Treatment call our office today!

 

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