What Is the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the skull. The TMJ is made up of muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and bones. Certain facial muscles control chewing and the opening and closing of the mouth. The TMJ occasionally causes people trouble that requires them to receive treatment.

TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders can result in pain in the jaw, ear, head, face, and neck. Pain in these areas can often be attributed to other causes as well.

With prolonged clenching and grinding, individuals can suffer from common headaches, migraines, and stiff necks. Eventually, the tooth structure is worn away. Teeth can become so weak that they become vulnerable to leaks, cracks, and eventually breakage. TMJ treatment can solve this problem or prevent things from getting worse.

TMJ Treatment

Dr. Maria Hayes can often treat these joint problems with dental mouthpieces. One of these devices is called a Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition device (or NTI). The NTI is a small acrylic appliance, or dental mouthpiece, worn at night or in the daytime. It is customized to adhere to your individual needs and unique bite. By preventing your back teeth from touching each other, adverse side effects of teeth clenching can be alleviated. The NTI device is the only FDA-approved device to reduce migraines.

If you think you might need treatment for the TMJ in Gaithersburg, Maryland, call 301-637-6155 to talk to our dentist at Alluring Smiles, LLC.