Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are a group of painful problems of the jaw. Temporomandibular problems are characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears. TMJ pain can usually be relieved by noninvasive treatment such as medications, physical therapy, mouth or bite guards and arthrocentesis. Problems with jaw muscles and joints causing the TMJ pain also cause teeth grinding. The grinding teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding eventually erodes the structure of the teeth and leads to severe dental problems. Untreated TMJ is one of the primary causes of eroded jawbones and loose teeth.
If noninvasive treatment does not relieve the TMJ, the Center performs partial or total join replacement, diskectomy, disk repair or repositioning.