TMJ/TMD (jaw muscle and joint soreness)

What does that stand for?

TMJ is the abbreviation for Temporomandibular Joint and is often used to indicate problems, or dysfunction, within the joint.
TMD is the abbreviation for Temporomandibular Dysfunction and refers to problems or dysfunctions surrounding the TMJ.

What are the symptoms of having problems with my TMJ?
TMJ disorders can have many signs and symptoms.  It’s often hard to know for sure if you have TMJ, because one or all of these symptoms can also show up as a result of other health issues.  We can help make a proper diagnosis by taking a complete medical and dental history, conducting a clinical examination, and taking appropriate X-rays.  Some of the most common TMJ symptoms include:

Headaches (often mimicking migraines) Pain brought on by yawning, opening the mouth widely, or chewing
Earaches, dizziness, ringing Jaws that “get stuck,” lock or go out of position
Pain and / or pressure behind the eyes Tenderness of the jaw muscles
A clicking or popping sound when you open or close your mouth A sudden change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

What are my treatment options for TMJ?
This will depend on the results of diagnostic records taken.  Dental treatment options may include Physical / Massage Therapy,  appliances (splint therapy) that alleviate or control symptoms, Orthodontic  treatment, porcelain / ceramic “caps” or occlusal equilibration whose end goal is the non-surgical reconstruction of the jaw, thereby reducing or eliminating TMJ problems.

Since the origin of TMJ is considered to be multi-factorial, other aspects of TMJ treatment may include nutritional modifications and stress management techniques.

Other healthcare practitioners may also be called upon to assist in a person’s recovery.


Will I have to wear a TMJ appliance for the rest of my life?
This depends on the severity of each individual case and the treatment chosen.

Will my insurance cover treatment for TMJ?

This depends on your specific Dental/Medical Insurance.  We have found the best success in payment from insurance companies comes about when the patient plays an active role in corresponding with the insurance company personally.

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