TMJ/TMD are disorders of the tempromandibular joint which hinges to the jaw and skull. Disorders in this joint can cause discomfort or pain in the face and jaw, popping or clicking sounds when opening your mouth, difficulty chewing, pain in your neck and back or even headaches and upper-body soreness. Aside from at-home anti-inflammatory meds, your dentist can do a number of services to relieve the pain of TMJ/TMD.



A dentist may prescribe a splint or mouth guard to separate the upper and lower teeth, preventing gridding and taking pressure off the jaw, dental work such as replacing missing teeth can even out the biting surface of your jaw, and in some cases ultrasound and electro therapy may be used to relax the muscles of the jaw.