The "Temporomandibular Joint," more commonly referred to as the "jaw joint," assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain.

We offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint and surrounding tissues. 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 jaw joint pain.

For more serious cases of TMJ dysfunction, we will recommend alternate treatments. Often, we will fabricate a specialized bite appliance to allow the jaw joint to achieve a comfortable position, allow the biting muscles to relax and to help control various negative bite habits. In some cases, bites may be adjusted so that the teeth meet more evenly. In the most severe cases, other more invasive procedures may be recommended.