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You may spend most of your life unaware of the important triangular-shaped joints located in front of your ears. Lined with cartilage, these joints move with a smooth, gliding motion. Under normal conditions, they join your lower jaw and temporal bone, allowing your mouth to open and close easily. However, stress or a misaligned bite can cause the joints to dysfunction, exposing nerve endings and creating pain.


In fact, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is highly sensitive to overall physical, emotional and psychological stress. A little extra stress or fatigue or a minor change in your bite may temporarily knock your whole TMJ system out of balance. The resulting TMJ disorder, or TMD, can create a variety of mild to severe symptoms, from jaw clicking and minor discomfort to sharp pain in the temple, ear, neck, and shoulders.

Because TMJ dysfunction is so common, we check for it at every appointment. If we detect a problem, our goal is to arrest it, protect teeth from further damage, and correct any underlying misalignment. Therapies may involve fitting you with a physiologic bite appliance, suggesting ways to alleviate stress, and recommending symptom relief measures. Good nutrition will help the joint heal more quickly; good posture will also help relieve discomfort. A straight back and relaxed neck is also helpful.