Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is a condition that affects the muscles and joints that attach the mandible (lower jaw) to the skull. Symptoms often include headaches, jaw pain and difficulty chewing. Causes include arthritis, or habits such as bruxism (grinding) or teeth clenching. For mild discomfort, our dentists recommend applying a heat pack to the affected area for symptomatic relief. However when symptoms persist, it may be necessary to construct an occlusal splint for night time wear.