The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint in front of your ear that glides and hinges when you open and close your mouth. Because of its motion and the fact that it is connected by your lower jaw to the other TMJ, it is a unique joint. Problems with the TMJ show up in a variety of ways that include....
- Clicking or popping
- Stiffness or limited ability to open
- Ear symptoms
- Teeth Clenching
The majority of these symptoms are a result of the condyle of the mandible being in the wrong position in the joint during function (chewing). The position of the condyle during function is a function of how the teeth come together, or saying it another way, how you bite.
Correction of the problems can involve several aspects including controlling habits, correcting the jaw position, physical therapy for the joint and more.
We diagnose the severity of TMJ problems with a history, exam, x-rays, computerized analysis and range of motion studies.