It is acronym for the “temporomandibular joint”.
It is located directly in front of the ear and consists of two bones – the skull bone and the jawbone.
If your bite is not balanced, your jaw muscles can remain strained even in the relaxed position. Due to this, pain and other symptoms can develop. When this happens, it is known as TMJ
There are many different symptoms, including headaches, facial pain, neck and shoulder pain, ringing in the ears, jaw popping, and dizziness. For a full list of symptoms, please go to our TMJ Symptoms page.
We can perform a digital CAT scan of your head to determine how your bite, jawbone, and its associated muscles are lining up. Using this information, he can tell you if you have TMJ and begin your treatment. He can also use special computerized diagnostic equipment to determine the health and comfort of your jaw muscles.
Once a healthy resting position for your jaw and bite has been established, an orthotic (bite positioner) can be worn to allow your jaw to rest in that position. After using the orthodic long enough to cure your symptoms, permanent dental work can be done so that you don’t need the orthotic any longer.
For temporary pain relief during this process, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy can also be performed.
If you think you are suffering from TMJ, you should contact Brighton Dental Associates today. As a leading expert in the field, we can conclusively diagnose your condition and begin relieving you of your symptoms.