TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, refers to the temple area of skull; mandibular, as in mandible, refers to the lower jaw. The TMJ is where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Cartilage buffers the two bones and five muscles that meet in this area, but any problems in this area can create quite a bit of pain and biting difficulties.
Dr. Wasserman uses state-of-the-art dental technology to help him accurately diagnose and treat patients with TMJ disorder. Technology such as the digital bite analysis, allows Dr. Wasserman to see the timing and force of a patient’s bite, which may indicate underlying causes for TMJ. A digital bite analysis is completed in just seconds and gives Dr. Wasserman a computerized analysis that can be shared with the patient to explain exactly where problems are occurring.
Symptoms of TMJ include:
- 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
Dental treatments for TMJ can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite and filling gaps between teeth. There is no single solution that is right for all cases. Occasionally a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated and in severe cases, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.
If you have symptoms of TMJ, contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about our treatment options and which might be right for you.