You’ve probably heard of people referring to TMJ - but what exactly is it? TMJ refers to the “temperomandibular joint”, the hinged joint in the jaw that connects it to each side of the skull. TMJ disorder refers to the pain and discomfort people commonly experience in this joint, due to various causes such as injury and misaligned teeth, or other conditions such as arthritis. TMJ pain can range from mild to severe.
Dental treatments can greatly ease and even permanently relieve TMJ disorder, but the treatments are as individual as the patient. Since TMJ has so many causes, Drs. Naccarato and Pahal will first identify your particular cause before recommending treatment. Common treatments include braces to move teeth, replacing missing teeth, bite adjustment, or a bite guard.
If you are experiencing TMJ symptoms, don’t hesitate to tell us. With proper treatment, pain and discomfort can be eliminated, and further damage and permanent injury avoided.