Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

The temporomandibular joint is a sliding ball and socket joint that connects the jaw bone to the skull. This joint is dependent on proper alignment to work smoothly. TMJ disorder is a common dysfunction of the muscles in the jaw and joints.

Symptoms of TMJ disorder:

  • minor to major clicking in the joint when opening and closing the jaw
  • popping sensations in the joint when opening and closing the jaw
  • serious persistent pain in the face, neck and shoulders
  • problems with posture and mobility

If the cause of your TMJ disorder is due to an incorrect fit of your upper and lower teeth, your teeth may be restored to improve the alignment of your teeth and TM joints. This is usually done by adding crowns or re-contouring the surfaces of your teeth to improve your bite. TMJ disorder can also be caused by persistent grinding of the teeth. If this is the case, the patient can be custom-fitted for a splint that is worn to separate the upper and lower teeth while slightly aligning the bite. In other cases, oral surgery may be a resulting treatment for temporomandibular joint disorders.