TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint), which is involved in the opening and closing of the mouth. It is also commonly used to refer to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), which occurs when teeth of the upper and lower jaws do not come together properly. This misalignment can cause headaches, as well as clicking, popping, and discomfort in the jaw joint, and pain in the muscles of the face, neck, and shoulders.
After careful analysis of your bite, Drs. Lee, Davis or Waff may recommend a specific treatment plan for you which can include:
- A night guard (a custom-made appliance that fits over your top teeth and prevents damage to your teeth, jaw joint, and/or facial muscles caused by nighttime grinding).
- An occlusal adjustment (conservative reshaping of the biting surfaces of your teeth, to improve how the teeth come together during biting).
- Referral to a specialist.