Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is an umbrella term covering pain and dysfunction of the muscles of mastication and the temporomandibular joints(TMJ). The most important feature is the pain, followed by restricted mandibular movement and noises from the TMJ during jaw movement. Although TMD is not life-threatening, it can be detrimental to quality of life because the symptoms can become chronic and difficult to manage. Stress, bruxism (teeth grinding) and trauma are key contributors in the development of TMD.
TMD treatment incorporates the combined knowledge of the mouth, teeth, gums, jaw, facial and oral tissues. Its is an exmpansion of traditional dental techniques to focus on occlusion (the way your teeth come together to touch). Dr. Chen and her team evaluates the relationship between the teeth, the TMJ and muscles and uses appropriate therapies in order to achieve optimal occlusion and oral well-being. Contact us today for an evaluation of the health of your TMJ and make sure you stay pain free!