TMJ/TMD

Do you hear popping or clicking sounds when you move your jaw?

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a general name for a variety of symptoms which can have a variety of causes. It’s often known as TMJ, for Temporomandibular Joint (Syndrome) and is a very common problem.

The jaw joint

The lower jaw is attached to the skull near the temples, and when it closes, the teeth should meet smoothly, with an even pressure and no discomfort. If teeth are misaligned and the jaw closes in an unstable or uncomfortable way, the muscles, tendons and ligaments related to the jaw joint become strained.  This is known as malocclusion.
Since we open and close our jaw often every day, this strain becomes chronic and inflammation builds up. There are three major nerves running through this area, and when the inflammation puts pressure on them, we feel pain in the face, head, neck, and/or shoulder.

Fortunately, there are solutions to TMJ / TMD, for both prevention and treatment of existing problems. They’re available through dentists trained in neuromuscular dentistry, such as Dr. Timothy Lee.

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD or TMJ) can be a difficult diagnosis for many dentists. However, Dr. Timothy Lee can effectively diagnose TMD through a combination of studying your dental history and symptoms, and examining your mouth and jaw. If there is any doubt about your diagnosis, additional tests can be taken, such as panoramic X-rays and MRI’s that will allow us to visually examine the bones of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Full mouth reconstruction

In a comprehensive treatment for temporomandibular disorder (TMD), we offer a range of full mouth reconstruction solutions used singly or in conjunction with each other to bring your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) back into proper alignment.  Your TMD treatment is entirely customized

How do I know if I have TMD?

There are many possible symptoms of TMD including:

  • Pain in the jaw and face
  • Clicking of the jaw
  • Limited range of jaw motion
  • Headaches and neck aches
  • Difficulty biting and chewing
  • Swallowing problems
  • Postural problems
  • Excessive snoring
  • Sleep apnea (periods of non-breathing)
  • Ear congestion
  • Sensitivity in the teeth to heat and cold
  • Loose teeth
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Jaw clenching and teeth grinding
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness and insomnia