The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull. It connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. It is one of the most flexible and complicated joints in the human body.
What does the TMJ do?
The temporomandibular joint is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer symptoms such as severe tension headaches, clicking, popping, and sharp pain in the jaw.
Occasional TMJ pain is common for most people, especially if you have a stressful day or aren’t sleeping well. But if it becomes so severe that it impacts your day-to-day activities, you could have TMJ disorder (TMD.)
Relief from TMJ & Headaches
Our dentists have a detailed understanding of how the teeth, jaws, and TMJ fit and work together. During your exam, we’ll assess whether your TMJ is moving normally or shows signs of a joint disorder.
If you clench or grind your teeth, our team may recommend a customized treatment plan for you. Treatments include appliances, bite stabilization and Botox therapy. By relaxing certain muscle groups involved in teeth grinding and clenching, we are able to decrease the amount of force generated which may help relieve painful headaches and tension in the area and decrease the risk of damage to your teeth and jaw.
At Elgin Dental Group, we are committed to providing the highest quality dental care, utilizing the latest advancements in dental technology.