According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), also referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD), are the most common source of chronic facial pain and jaw dysfunction. Research has shown that most of these problems are neuromuscular in origin. The pain from this problem can be chronic and severe.
The manifestations of a TMJ disorder can vary from person to person with a wide range of symptoms possible, including earaches, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), headaches (migraines), back and neck pain, vertigo, muscle spasms and joint tenderness as well as jaw pain, popping or grating sounds with jaw movement, jaw locking and limited jaw movement.
Dr. Shpuntoff treats each patient with a TMJ disorder based on their specific needs. This may include oral appliances such as night guards or bite plates. Often, it is orthodontic treatment with either braces or Invisalign*. The objective of treatment is to eliminate the pain and restore normal function.