Neuromuscular Dentistry

TMJ is acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint (the joint that connects the jaw to the skull). The temporomandibular joint involves many elements: muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissue and the teeth. Anything that places undue strain on the temporomandibular joint may contribute to TMJ.

This includes unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth, trauma such as a blow to the jaw, degenerative joint disease such as osteoarthritis, excessive nail biting or gum chewing and misalignment of the jaw or teeth (bad bite).