There is a common misconception about TMJ that it is a condition or disease. TMJ—an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint—is actually the part (or parts) of your body where TMJ disorder symptoms originate. You have two temporomandibular joints, one underneath the muscles just in front of each of your ears. These are the hinges that allow you to open and close your mouth when eating and speaking. It’s important to know this distinction in order to understand why such a wide variety of symptoms are connected with TMJ. If you grind your teeth, frequently clench your jaws, or have misaligned teeth, you may experience jaw pain and other symptoms that make normal daily functioning difficult. Fortunately, we have a renowned, experienced multispecialty team that can diagnose TMJ issues and provide several effective TMJ treatments in Chestnut Hill, MA. We provide a group consultation—a rare advantage in dentistry—to ensure you fully understand what those treatment options are.
Possible TMJ Symptoms
Clicking and popping of the jaw joints
Chronic headaches, migraines or tension headaches
Worn or loose teeth
Muscle pain in the neck and shoulders
Pain behind the eyes
Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
Pain or a clogged feeling in the ears
Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
TMJ Treatment Options
Our team can help eliminate your TMJ issues by fitting you with a customized mouthguard. You simply pop this oral appliance over your teeth at bedtime to prevent teeth grinding while you sleep or at any time of the day when you might be prone to clenching your jaw due to stress or sports activities.
Malocclusion—when your teeth don’t fit together properly—is a common cause of TMJ issues that wear down your teeth. Occlusal adjustment is a TMJ treatment during which we carefully smooth out uneven areas of your teeth to give you a more natural, comfortable bite and relieve unnecessary stress on your joint.
Invisalign is another effective treatment for symptoms that are connected with malocclusion. While traditional metal braces are most commonly associated with teeth straightening, Invisalign offers a discreet, transparent plastic alternative that can realign your teeth and improve your bite. Our practice has two certified Invisalign providers on staff.
Don’t needlessly suffer the effects of TMJ—we have proven treatments!