Your temporomandibular joints are those on either side of the face, just in front of your ears. They hold your lower jaw in place and allow it to move freely up and down and side to side, and to thrust forward – when they are working properly.
These joints move on the basic principle of a ball and socket. However, smooth operation of your TMJs requires a complex balance of bite alignment, teeth, muscles, and ligaments. When this balance is disrupted, you get jaw pain, headaches, limited mobility, dizziness, earaches, and jaw noises.
If you notice any of these symptoms, please be sure to tell us. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimate that about 10 million Americans are affected by TMD (temporomandibular disorders). Many cases go undiagnosed or the symptoms are masked with heavy pain medications. Dr. Arellano is adept at diagnosing TMJ problems based on a thorough analysis of your jaw, bite, and wear on teeth.
Most patients find relief from a customized program of simple lifestyle changes, stress management techniques, or an oral appliance to reduce strain on the joints. You don’t have to suffer with chronic TMJ symptoms. See us for compassionate, effective treatment options. Read more