What is TMJ Pain?
Many people experience discomfort in their jaw joints, but they do not know the cause. Problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can occur as a result of sleep apnea or from grinding or clenching your teeth. The excess stress on the joints can lead to a misaligned bite and tightened muscles.
The TMJ is comprised of the temporal bone, the lower jaw, and the disc. The lower jaw or mandible connects to the skull via the temporal bone at the temporomandibular joint. The disc can slip out of place, and this is when a patient develops a TMJ disorder. Most people realize they have a problem when they experience painful clicking noises, difficulty opening or closing the jaw, and pain in the neck, shoulders, and head.
Our expert can reposition the jaw to decrease clicking and decompress the painful nerves. They can also be used as stabilization devices for cognitive behavioral habit control. By reducing the damage clenching or grinding your teeth can do, your symptoms will steadily go away.