TMJ Pain

What is TMJ pain?

TMJ pain refers to Jaw muscle and jaw joint discomfort which is common complaint associated with bruxing of the teeth which happen particularly at night during sleep. However, it is not uncommon to clench the teeth tightly together during the day as well. Stress played an important role in this condition. Bruxism is a habitual pattern that can cause wearing of the teeth as well as overloading and trauma to the jaw joint structures. Chronically or acutely sore and painful jaw muscles may accompany the bruxing habit.

An orthotic in the form of a bite splint appliance can protect the teeth and help jaw muscles to relax and together with stress management, it could help to reduce the painful symptoms. Sometimes structural damage, if present, may require further more invasive treatment like joint surgery and/or restoration of damaged teeth.