TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint, while TMD stands for temporal-mandibular disorder. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension, including bruxism, grinding or clenching of your teeth. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong, a good deal of trouble can result. TMJ disorders are typically the result of malocclusion, a misaligned bite. In certain cases a non-invasive occlusal splint may be recommended as it can help relieve pain. Read more about Mouth Guards.
Our office makes it a point to evaluate all of our patients' TMJ's and aid and guide them along the way to better form and function. If you are suffering from pain associated with your TMJ, Contact our office to schedule an appointment for a full exam!
To learn more about available treatment option, view this Chart on TMD Therapy.