tmj

Dr. Elassal has been providing conservative and successful TMJ dysfunction treatment for over 30 years. The “Temporomandibular Joint,” more commonly referred to as the “jaw joint,” assists in the basic opening and closing of movements of the jaw.

Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain. The pain can be accompanied by severe headaches and limited mobility of the jaw.

Some symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include:

  • Clicking
  • Popping
  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Limited opening and closing

Many, but not all TMJ dysfunctions are caused by the bite. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration, or damage of the joint tissue. We offer a complimentary TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue. We consider both soft and hard tissues in our evaluation.

An analysis of the bite, or occlusion, helps determine how to address each specific case. In some cases reshaping teeth, or equilibration, is used to achieve a stable bite and quickly provide relief. Patients who have complex cases will need to wear an appliance called a splint.

The next step is to make the improvement permanent. After treatment is completed the majority of patients experience relief from pain and headaches and can function normally.