TMJ actually stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the name of the joint located in the front of the ear. Many people suffer from TMJ disorders, or more often called TMD (temporal mandibular disorder) and chronic facial pain in or around the ear, tenderness of the jaw, clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth, or even headaches and neck aches. These symptoms could be a sign of a toothache, sinus infection, or an early stage of gum & bone disease. But, sometimes the pain is related to the facial muscles and the temporomandibular joint.
Treatment options may include stress reducing exercises, muscle relaxants, and wearing a mouth protector to prevent teeth grinding. Custom fitting the mouth appliance (guard) to your teeth and to how your teeth move against one another is key to the best results and improvement in symptoms. The longer symptoms are present, the longer it may take for improvement. Don’t suffer – call us if you think you may be dealing with TMJ.
For More information visit the American Equilibrium Society and the Pankey Institute.