TMJ Video & Information

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or TMJ syndrome, covers acute or chronic pain, especially in the muscles of mastication and/or inflammation of the tempormandibular joint, which connects the mandible to the skull. The primary cause is muscular hyper- or parafunction, as in the case of bruxism, with secondary effects on the oral musculoskeletal system, like various types of displacement of the disc in the temporomandibular joint. The disorder and resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain, which is the most common TMD symptom, combined with impairment of function. 

Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:
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  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in the face
  • Earache
  • Headache (Tension or Migraine)
  • Hearing loss
  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Tinnitus
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Postural Problems
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness/ Vertigo


The good news is that there is continuing progress in the study and knowledge of this condition! The initial relief and treatment is non-invasive, and surgery is almost never needed. A good understanding of the process allows us to start you on the healing journey with simple, yet precisely constructed appliances that you wear on your teeth (which look somewhat similar to Invisalign).

For further information, see the informational videos below:


  1. TMJ, Overview: Normal vs. Disorder Stages and Treatment
  2. Dentistry, TMJ and looking at the Health of the Whole Person
  3. Normal TMJ: No clicking, popping, or pain
  4. Early Stage of TMD: Clicks opening and closing
  5. Another Stage of TMD - (Clicks present)
  6. Next Stage of TMD: No Clicks - DIsc permanently displaced.  (Bone is riding on ligament) 
  7. Perforation Stage of TMD: Disc or Ligament perforated.  (Bone on bone)


(ALL VIDEOS WILL OPEN IN A SEPARATE WINDOW)


GOOD NEWS:

There is hope and treatment for TMJ related pain and abnormailites!
Come see us for a complimentary consultation and begin your road to recovery‚Äč