TMJ Therapy – By the end of the 20th century, the TMJ disorder, known as TMD was a common diagnosis for both men and women, young and old. Often mistaken for ear infections, the disorder referred to as TMD can mean a problem in the jaw joint or more common it is caused by muscle imbalance which causes myofascial pain disorder. It is caused by overworking the muscles that close and clench the jaw.
It can be in a mild form, with no symptoms the patient is aware of to very severe where the patient is in terrible pain and can’t open their mouth. These situations are usually associated with occlusal disease, from grinding, clenching, or other parafunctional habits, or due to trauma. There are many steps to treating TMD or myofascial pain and will vary per patient and symptoms. The most common therapy is an occlusal guard, most commonly known as a nightguard or mouth guard. This will help protect your teeth from parafunctional habits, prevent cracking or fracturing teeth, as well as alleviating bruxism.
We perform an exam of the TMJ and the muscles of the face and neck, as well as look for signs of clenching and grinding in all patients with every exam.