TMJ Treatment

TMJ Treatment Annapolis, MD

Treatment for temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the rest of the skull. TMJ disorder symptoms range from a mildly annoying discomfort to severe, debilitating pain in the face, head, neck, and teeth, plus earaches and spasms of the facial muscles. To treat temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) symptoms we’re proud to offer TMJ treatment

When teeth don’t line up properly in the upper or lower jaws it’s called malocclusion. Malocclusion causes extra muscular stress causing muscle and jaw pain. This pain radiates upward to the head and down to the neck and shoulders. Left untreated, parts of the jaw joint will start to collapse and degrade, producing more inflammatory—sharper and more focused—pain.


Malocclusion occurs when the peaks and valleys of your upper teeth fail to fit precisely into those of your lower teeth. When this misalignment happens tooth positions can shift. This results in eroded teeth (and bridgework), stress on your jaw hinges, and muscle tension.

A good bite meshes your teeth like the gears in fine machinery. But a bad bite has many ramifications including severe headaches and muscle spasms. The first clue to what’s ailing you might be the pops and clicks your jaw joints make when you open your mouth to eat or yawn. Signs of possible TMJ are chronic headaches, difficulty opening your mouth or chewing certain kinds of food, or a ringing or popping sound in one or both ears. If you have a sore jaw or unexplained pain in your head or neck, or if you have trouble turning your head from side to side—your problem could be TMJ. Or it could be something else. Come in to have it evaluated.

After a consultation, we can provide an occlusal splint to provide pain relief and prevent further damage to teeth due to clenching or grinding. This splint fits right over your teeth to “fool” your body into thinking your bite is perfect. In combination with the occlusal splint, we may also provide an occlusal adjustment to correct the tooth fit. This includes selectively reshaping tooth surfaces and correcting misalignments with a crown and/or bridge. When your teeth are just too far apart to fit comfortably together, we’ll discuss other options for moving your teeth alignment for a better fitting bite.

TMJ and those head and neck pains may not disappear in a flash. But with careful evaluation and testing, your results will range from distinct improvement to permanent relief from pain.

TMJ Treatment Consultations

If you’ve been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder contact West Annapolis Family Dentistry to schedule a TMJ treatment consultation.