Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint at either end of your lower jaw (mandible.) You rely on it hundreds of times per day: each time you talk, laugh, or eat a meal. When the joint isn’t functioning properly, it can lead to severe pain or even migraine headaches.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Most people with TMJ disorder (TMJD) first notice symptoms such as jaw pain, headaches, and popping or clicking of the joint. A simple exam with our McKinney dentist is the best way to find out if you have TMJD.

Depending on the cause, treatment for TMJ pain can range from orthodontic therapy and injectable techniques to modifications in how your teeth bite together.

Equilibration and Occlusal Adjustments

If the teeth do not close together just so, it can create pressure points and an imbalanced bite that alters how your TMJ functions. Equilibrating your bite can help your joint function more efficiently.

Occlusal Splints

Hyperactive muscles can cause tension around the joint, leading to pain and headaches. A protective splint reduces muscle contractions to minimize symptoms.