Those little joints located in front of your ears are actually called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, and they are what allows your jaw to move fluidly whenever you eat, speak, laugh, or yawn. Like other joints in the body, it can often fall victim to strain or injury, leading to what is called a TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. This can bring on symptoms like a stiff and painful jaw, migraine headaches, earaches, and even unconscious teeth grinding.
The team at Meadowbrook Dentistry is more than capable of diagnosing and treating these kinds of issues in our Plainview office. We’ll check the health of your jaw whenever you come to see us, and if we spot a problem, we have treatments ready to go.
With an equilibration/occlusal adjustment , we can slightly reshape a few key teeth so they come together more smoothly, which will allow the joint and accompanying muscles to relax and heal themselves.
Or, we can have you wear a custom-made oral appliance called an occlusal splint. This will gently shift your jaw into a more natural position to alleviate any TMD-related pain.
Are jaw pain, frequent headaches, or general oral/facial pain affecting you every day? We can help you get the relief you need, so contact us today to schedule an appointment.