Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
Do you suffer from unexplained headaches or neck aches? Is there a constant pain or ringing in your ears? Does your jaw click or pop when you open your mouth? If you have some or all of these symptoms, you’re not alone: Chronic facial pain afflicts more than 15 percent of American adults. The culprit in many cases is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Located where the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) meet in front of the ears, your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) act as a kind of hinge that enables you to open and close your mouth; you use them every time you speak, bite, chew, swallow or yawn. TMD can be caused by a number of factors, including grinding or clenching of the teeth (called bruxism), dislocation of the jaw, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, stress – even excessive gum chewing or nail biting. Once they have thoroughly assessed and diagnosed your condition, our prosthodontists may recommend a combination of treatments, including oral medications, heat and ice therapy, physical therapy and splints. As a last resort, surgery may be required to repair the joint.