The temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull (temporal bone) and lower jaw meet. The temporo-mandibular joint allows the lower jaw (mandible) to move. Occasionally damage associated with the joint can occur disrupting the function of the jaw. Many factors can precipitate TMJ disorders
- Teeth Grinding + clenching
- Facial Trauma
- Injury to the joint
What are the symptoms of TMJ problems?
There are a variety of symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. Some symptoms may include:
- Pain when opening or closing the mouth
- Inability to open the mouth to its full potential
- Clicking or popping sounds upon opening and closing of the mouth associated with pain
- Locking of the jaw either opened or closed
What is the treatment for TMJ disorders?
Treatment for TMJ disorders may involve splint therapy, bite plate(s), or a night guard. Medications for pain and muscle relaxation may be prescribed to assist in obtaining the desired results. If you suffer from the symptoms of a TMJ disorder, please contact our office. Delayed diagnosis and delayed treatment may result in conditions to worsen and symptoms to intensify.
Migranes/ Tension & Sinus Headaches
Over 29 million Americans suffer from migraines. The solution: By providing the patient with immediate and continuous incisal guidance, the NTI-tss™ Plus prevents parafunctional occluding of the canine and posterior teeth. This posterior disclusion reduces muscle contraction intensity by nearly 70%. NTI-tss™ is an FDA approved migraine prevention option. It is a small nightguard that comfortably fits over your four front teeth. It’s patented design keeps your canine and back teeth apart. This separation minimizes the intensity of your nighttime clenching forces.
To demonstrate how the NTI-tss™ works, touch the muscles of the temples while biting down on a pencil with the back teeth as hard as possible. The temporal muscles will bulge and intensely contract. Now bite down on a pencil with only the front teeth. Those same temporal muscles remain relaxed. This diminished clenching intensity prevents a hyperactive nerve response, and thus, prevents migraines.