TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. These are the joints on either side of your head that connect your jaw bone to your skull. It’s a complex joint that allows for the up and down and side to side movements of your lower jaw. If you place your fingers in front of your ears and open and close your mouth, you can feel the TMJs at work.
When this joint is painful or not functioning correctly, it’s called TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. Jaw pain can be the result of an improper dental bite, teeth grinding and clenching, stress, or recently completed dental work.
Before we determine which treatment is appropriate, our doctors will need to perform a thorough examination to pinpoint the source of your jaw pain. Based on their findings, they may recommend additional treatments like a night guard that takes the pressure off the TMJ while you sleep.
If you have TMJ pain, please call our North Miami dental office. We recommend you make an appointment as soon as possible so we can pinpoint the problem and determine which treatment can alleviate your symptoms. Before you get to our office, you may find relief by taking over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen, applying warm compresses, and massaging sore jaw muscles.