Temporal-Mandibular Joint Treatment

girl_teeth“TMJ” stands for temporal-mandibular joint.  “Temporal,” as in the temple area of the skull; “mandibular,” as in the mandible, or lower jaw; “joint,” as in the joint where the head and jaw meet.  Problems in this joint can be caused by misaligned 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 awry in this joint, 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, sometimes extending to the face

Dental treatments for problems involving the temporal-mandibular joint can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc.  There is no one solution that is right for all cases.  Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is exacerbating the problem.  If left untreated, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged temporal-mandibular joint.  If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, you should see a dental health specialist immediately.

Please call our office at 972-966-1163 to schedule an appointment today.

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