Your TMJ is the hinge that connects your mandible to your temporal bone, or in less technical terms, your lower jaw and skull. It’s much more complex than you might suspect, consisting of muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and bones. It plays a role in your ability to open and close your mouth to chew food and speak—and express exhaustion through yawning. If your TMJ has experienced injury or inflammation, these activities may become painful, and you may suffer a host of other symptoms that make smiling a difficult thing to do.
There are factors that make TMJ disorders much more likely, and those include:
If much of what we’ve described is clicking (the way your jaw shouldn’t be!) with you, Dr. Vogler would love to introduce you to relief by addressing the cause, rather than the symptoms, of your TMJ dysfunction. With a thorough evaluation, we can determine whether orthodontic treatment and/or a mouthguard you can wear at night to prevent night-time grinding and clenching can give you TMJ pain the boot.