TMJ is the abbreviated name for the temporomandibular joint, but it is also used to describe the disorder that can afflict this very important joint. It is located where the upper and lower jaw meet, and it is responsible for many different actions, such as speaking and eating. It is in use and in motion constantly, so any issues that may affect it are very painful and can progressively worsen if left untreated.
The most common symptoms related to the temporomandibular joint are:
A highly effective and non-invasive TMJ treatment is a dental appliance that is used while sleeping. This nightguard works in many different ways, the first of which is to keep the jaw in a stable and neutral position. This appliance is important because it allows the patient to rest the jaw, while also keeping it in a desirable place. For those that also suffer from sleep apnea, a dental appliance can help to keep the airways in an open position. The treatment of TMJ disorders is often multi-disciplinary and may involve seeking physiotherapy, massage therapy, and chiropractor.
Do you wake up with a sore jaw or unexpected headaches? Are you noticing your teeth are starting to grind down or show cracks? You may be suffering from bruxism, and a dental appliance can help you.
After a complete examination, your dentist can identify any additional TMJ treatments that may be necessary in addition to the dental appliance.