Temporal mandibular joint or TMJ, connects to the jawbone. You have two TMJ’s on each side. Like your other joints, it could become inflamed, injured, or infected. With that being said, the way that your TMJ is designed makes it function differently from other joints in your body.
TMJ afflicts over 35 million people in the US and affects more women than men. Jaw pain is usually the first symptom of TMJ disorders and usually begins with a dull aching pain with your jaw muscles becoming very tender.

Other symptoms of TMJ may include:

Not everyone with TMJ will have every symptom while some people do not experience any pain.
If our doctor diagnose that you might be suffering from TMJ, they will order x-rays and perhaps fit you with a mouth guard.
A new type of support, the NTI-tss, is a splint that was designed to fit over your top teeth in the front. This support ensures that your back teeth are separated as most of your clenching happens in your back teeth. These types of splints may only be successful for a short time and could change your bite. If mouth guards and splints are unsuccessful, doctor may advise orthodontics in order to re-align your teeth.
There are some things you can do yourself to help treat TMJ and these include:
For more information, or to find out if you need treatment for TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation by calling Westwood Family Dental, today at (310) 441-8888.