The “Temporomandibular Joint,” more commonly referred to as the “jaw joint,” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw as well as the finely coordinated movements of the jaw that allow you to chew. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain.
We offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue, which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth. Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of jaw discomfort.
For more serious cases of TMJ dysfunction, we will recommend alternate treatments. Often, we will suggest using a mouthguard to relieve symptoms caused by teeth grinding.. For the most severe cases of TMJ, we may recommend referral to a specialist.