TMJ (temporomandibular joints) are your jaw joints, located inside your jaw directly under your ears. TMJ are the most sophisticated joints in your entire body. These joints control your jaw movements during mastication (chewing), speaking and smiling. Although they are the most sophisticated, yet TMJ are also the most delicate due to their continuous use, both at day and night and the strong nature of our powerful jaw musculature.
Treatment appliances are constructed to control your jaw movement and position your joints properly to ensure minimal pressure. These appliances are custom designed based on your symptoms and can be used at nighttime and/or daytime depending on the course of your treatment. The “night guard”, also known as the “occlusal guard”, is a common treatment appliance for those who suffer from bruxing (teeth grinding) or clinching. It acts as a barrier between your teeth to save them from the effects of grinding (tooth wear) while protecting your TMJ (jaw joints) from excessive, unhealthy pressure.
Surgical treatment is rarely recommended due to the poor success rate and the complicated nature of these joints. Make sure to get a second and third expert opinion if you ever considered surgical treatment.
If you are experiencing pain in your TMJ, schedule a consultation with one of the top cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills. Drs. Rifkin and Raanan are specialists in the treatment of TMJ and have successfully treated hundreds of these conditions.