TMJ Therapy

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is susceptible to disorders of the jaw joints and the muscles and soft tissues controlling them. When the chewing muscles and jaw joints do not work together in harmony, a person may experience seemingly unrelated symptoms that can include chronic headaches, migraines, neck and shoulder stiffness, and earaches. Such symptoms may be directly related to your bite – or the misalignment of your jaw.

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The misalignment of your jaw can cause many problems such as:

  • Clicking or popping of the jaw joints
  • Pain in or around the jaw joints
  • Locking or limited opening of your mouth

Because many of the symptoms of TMJ disorders masquerade as other conditions, many would never think to associate the cause with their bite. A “bad bite” occurs when your upper and lower teeth do not come together in a way that provides the proper bracing support for your jaw against your skull; this can be caused by physical trauma to the head, chronic teeth grinding or clenching, misalignment of teeth, and genetic factors.

Treatment usually involves several phases depending on your unique situation, but is focused in correcting the way your teeth fit together. This can be achieved by selective reshaping of the teeth, building crowns, and orthodontics.

In the end, Dr. Lancaster and Dr. Britt may stabilize your bite so that your teeth, muscles, and joints all work in harmony without strain.

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