What is TMJ Treatment?
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, also called TMJ, TMJ disorder, or TMD, occurs as a result of the temporomandibular joint not functioning properly. Though the exact cause of this disorder is difficult to pinpoint, it may be a result of factors such as arthritis, jaw injury, or genetics. In many cases, the pain associated with TMJ issues is only temporary and can be solved through nonsurgical treatments and self care. As a last resort, surgery may be required to correct the issue.
There are a variety of symptoms that arise with TMJ issues. Though you probably won’t need treatment if there are no pain or movement issues involved, you may need to seek assistance if you experience any of the following symptoms:
• Jaw pain or tenderness
• A clicking sound or a grating sensation when opening your mouth or chewing
• Aching in or around the ear or ears
• Pain in your temporomandibular joints or face
• Issues or pain when chewing
• Joint locking that makes it difficult to move your mouth
WHAT IS CENTRIC RELATION?
A centric relation refers to a spatial relation of the lower jaw bone and the upper jaw bone. In a healthy TMJ, it is the location of the mandible (lower jaw bone) when the rounded protuberance at the end of some bones called condyles form an articulation with another bone.
WHAT’S A DEPROGRAMMER?
A deprogrammer is a removable, reversible dental device that’s designed to erase the engrams, or muscle memory, of how a person’s teeth fit together. Since a lot of TMJ symptoms are routed in the way our teeth function and fit together, this can be beneficial in treating TMJ issues. Deprogrammers can help identify and treat cases of TMD with great predictability.