TMJ Disorder In Jacksonville

The term TMJ refers to the jaw joint, or temporomandibular joint, which connects the temporal bone of the skull to the lower jaw. This joint is one of the most utilized in the body, moving each time we speak, chew, swallow and laugh.

When the temporomandibular joint is misaligned or tense, it can manifest in discomfort and pain. Symptoms can include clicking or popping in the joint, jaw pain, facial, neck or back pain, headaches, tooth sensitivity and worn or broken teeth. Treatment can vary from simple self-care techniques to complex surgery. Often these treatments only prove to be temporary. Surgery is invasive and, on occasion, can even cause the problem to worsen. In most cases, the root of the problem is the lack of proper alignment or tension and irritation of the joint and surrounding nerves. Many dentists prefer to treat TMJ disorder with a proven effective, non-invasive device known as a bite splint. This orthotic device adjusts the bite to its ideal position to take the pressure off nerves and vessels surrounding the joint.

Splints, In addition to adjusting the bite to its natural and optimal position, allow the jaw and facial muscles to relax, alleviating tension, clenching and other jaw issues. If grinding is occurring, splints may prevent additional wear to the teeth and jagged edges.

Please contact Dr. Joseph Chiafair at Baymeadows Family Dentistry if you are suffering any of the symptoms of TMJ and would like to know if orthotic intervention is the appropriate general dentistry plan of action for you.