Do YOU or have you had popping or clicking in one or both your Jaw joints?
Do YOU or have you had pain in one or both of your jaw joints?
Do YOU or have you had your jaw lock open and were unable to close it after opening wide or yawning?
Have you been told before by your dentist that you have TMJ or TMD?
TMJ stands for Temporo-Mandibular Joint. This is the joint in front of the ear hole, that connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bone of the head. The temporal bone houses the hearing and balance apparatus of your body as well.
Pain at the TMJ/ TMD joints is usually due to an inflammation of the disc that sits between the 2 jaw bones to prevent bone to bone contact and the ligaments that hold the two bones -( temporal and mandibular bones) - together and form a capsule around the joint. This is due to strain in the joint from clenching or grinding(much like what happens when you grind something in a motar and pestle) due to to misaligned bite
The other causes of pain in TM joints are due to internal derangement - a torn ligament that acts as the tether for the articular disc between the two bones. The disc is meant to act as a bearing between the articular surfaces of the bones when they function. When the disc is dislocated, at some point during opening of the jaw the disc will pop in to place causing the clicking noise.
When this dislocation is uncorrected, it could lead to the destruction of the joint surfaces and result in arthritis of the joint. This too would be a source of TMJ pain.
Healthy TM joint. Quiet joints smooth movements.
Dislocated disc causing popping/clicking noise.
Damaged joint causing grinding noise.
Here at the Cobb Center for Advanced Dentistry Dr Patel who is trained and is continuously training as a Neuro-Muscular dentist will work using EMG and computerized jaw tracking to correct this misaligned bite and relieve the pressure placed on the joints, thereby allowing the joints to slide into their natural position without placing undue pressure on the disc and allowing it to heal. This new "bite" position can then be maintained by moving the teeth into a better bite position doing orthodontics or by doing a Full Mouth Reconstruction using crowns and or veneers depending on your unique situation.