Temporomandibular joint pain can be a debilitating condition. It may manifest as painful clicking/popping, muscle soreness, and/or frequent headaches. Many patients try to cope with the symptoms and don’t even realize that the underlying problem may be dental related.
The small joints that attach the jaw to the skull are among the most complex in the entire body. They provide both a translational and rotational movement.
The complexity of these joint spaces lend themselves to a wide range of issues. It is not certain how many people have TMJ disorders, but some estimates suggest that over 10 million Americans are affected.
In certain cases, a non-invasive occlusal splint will relieve your TMJ symptoms. If symptoms persist, other interventions may be required. Occlusal equilibration involves selective recontouring of biting surfaces to create a more stable, reproducible bite that causes less stress on the surrounding muscles.