Alleviation of Head and Neck pain

The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When this joint is injured or damaged, it can lead to a localized pain disorder called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome or temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

Causes of TMJ disorders include injury to the teeth or jaw, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding or clenching, poor posture, stress, arthritis, and gum chewing.

Signs and symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome include:

  • jaw pain,
  • jaw clicking and popping,
  • ear pain/earache,
  • popping sounds in ears,
  • headaches,
  • stiff or sore jaw muscles,
  • pain in the temple area, or
  • locking of the jaw joint.

A TMJ (temporomandibular joint) appliance may relieve pain, discomfort and stiffness in the area where the upper and lower jaw connect, just in front of the ears.

TMJ appliances may reduce the symptoms of TMD by reducing pressure on the jaw joints or realigning the bite. The standard TMJ appliance is a stabilization splint, which is also called a bite guard. A splint is a hard dental appliance made of acrylic resin that fits over the lower teeth. The device prevents contact between the teeth, and when the teeth touch the splint, they're in the least harmful and most correct position.  Splints are worn at night while you are sleeping and often help with more peaceful sleep.