The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a sophisticated joint, and the only joint in your body where both the left side and right side are connected. This joint connects your lower jaw to the temporal bones of your skull which is near the front of each ear. It’s job lets you freely move your mouth so you can talk, chew, and yawn. But, just like any joint in your body, it can become injured - usually due to trauma, or unconscious sleep habits such as bruxism (grinding your teeth). Sometimes even sleeping the wrong way on your pillow can potentially strain your TMJ.
If it is injured, you may experience clicking, popping, pain, or even headaches since it is so close to your head. Treatment can be complex but there are several options that our doctor use depending on your condition. Oftentimes we find that oral appliances, such as a night guard can not only help the joint heal, but to also protect your teeth from damage if you are grinding.
If you are suffering from TMJ disorder or think you may be grinding your teeth, we can help. Please give us a call today!