TMJ refers to the “temporomandibular joint”, which is the bone structure, muscles and connective tissue that surround the jaw joint. It controls chewing. When patients experience disorders of this joint they are said to have a temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. Symptoms of TMD include pain and tenderness near the jaw joint area as well as popping or clicking in the joint when speaking or chewing. Breaking or excess wearing down of teeth may also occur. There are many ways of treating TMD disorders ranging from non-invasive therapy and bite splints to muscle relaxing treatment or surgery. Left untreated however TMD may lead to headaches, jaw and other muscle pain, as well as tooth damage.
One common TMD treatment is the Occlusal splint.