The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint in front of the ear that attaches the lower jaw to the skull. Within the joint there is a thin disc of tissue that cushions the condyle of the lower jaw, and allows the mandible or lower jaw to move in different directions. This is possible when the disc is healthy. However, the disc can degenerate over time, or be damaged and can result in various symptoms related to temporomandibular disease (TMD). This will result in limited movements of the mandible or cause pain or discomfort when the patient is trying to move the lower jaw.
Options to Treat TMD…
There are some possible treatment modalities that may be used, including a bite splint or guard, bite adjustment, medications, physiotherapy or perhaps even surgery depending on the severity.
Dr. Chiu and Dr. Singh will work with you to determine if you indeed have temporomandibular disease (TMD). There are certain treatments that can be done in the office, however depending on the severity, there are TMD and Facial Pain specialists in the San Francisco Bay Area whom we work with to insure you the best results.