If you have been visiting your dentist regularly, you must have, at some point, heard the term Temporo-Mandibular Joint, or TMJ. This is because this particular joint holds the most importance in the field of dentistry, and oral surgery. It is the joint that connects the maxilla (upper jaw) to the mandible (lower jaw), enabling us to open and close our mouth, move our jaw backwards and forward, and sideways – all facilitating actions such as chewing food, speaking, swallowing, yawning and laughing etc. Because it performs so many important functions, it is absolutely essential to make sure that the joint and its surrounding tissues remain in optimal health at all times.
Direct trauma to the joint, habits such as night time teeth grinding, involuntary teeth clenching due to anxiety, stress or anger issues, and certain types of mal-occlusions can cause damage to, and swelling of the joint. To treat the TMJ disorders, it is important to get to the root cause of the problem and correct that first. At Dr Viken Garabedian we conduct thorough examinations of the TMJ to make sure it remains healthy and fully functional. If you have been experiencing any dull aching pain, inflammation or discomfort around the joint, give us a call to book an appointment with our team today!
NTI mouth guards can be made to relieve the muscle spasm of the face and to relieve the pressure off the teeth and render them less sensitive to cold and chewing. The NTI appliance is very small, effective and comfortable to wear.