The temporomandibular joints, called TMJ, are the joints and jaw muscles associated with opening and closing your mouth. These joints work together to help you chew, speak, and swallow. TMJ disorders have a range of possible symptoms that can include persistent jaw pain and restricted jaw movement. The dysfunction of the temporomandibular joints can be caused by arthritis, injury, dislocation, teeth clenching, or poor tooth and jaw alignment. This is why an accurate diagnosis is critical for a successful treatment.
Dr. Prince will work with you to find the cause of your TMJ dysfunction. There are several treatment options available, depending on the cause of your TMJ disorder. If your TMJ is a product of teeth grinding or clenching, we can recommend a custom-made mouth guard along with exercises to reduce the tension in your jaw muscles. Other TMJ treatments include using hot and cold packs, medication, or a soft food diet.