What is TMJ/TMD?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) are conditions in which these particular joints are the subject or pain and discomfort due to a number of reasons. The temporomandibular joints and surrounding muscles are responsible for the motion of opening and closing your mouth. A disorder with these joints can make jaw movement extremely painful. While no medical cause of TMD has been identified, injury to the jaw area, grinding of the teeth, and stress can all lead to this disorder.
- Popping/clicking sounds accompanying jaw movement
- Pain or discomfort in chewing
- Swelling of the face
- The jaw locking either open or closed
- Overall fatigue in that area of the face/head
How Prosthodontic Care Can Help:
If you are experiencing an uneven bite due to missing teeth, your prosthodontist can customize a dental plan to balance out the jaw. A splint and NSAID may be recommended to relieve swelling and pressure place on the joints. Your prosthodontist will work with you to find the treatment customized most appropriately for your individual case.