What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. TMJ disorder, TMD or TMJ syndrome is an umbrella term covering acute or chronic pain in the area where the jawbone connects to the skull.

Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

Neck Pain

This is the most common symptom because of the way your teeth fit together, directly affecting the way your skull sits on your neck.

Jaw Pain

Commonly caused from jaw muscle spasms called "trigger points". These are little knots in a muscle that will radiate pain into the muscle or "refer" pain to a different area like your teeth.

Sleep Disorders

Approximately 75% of patients with sleep apnea also have TMJ disorder.


A consequence of an imbalance in the jaw muscles and muscles in the head can cause migraines, tension headaches, morning headaches (from clenching and grinding while sleeping) and cluster headaches (an intense pain that is usually on only one side of the head).

Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)

An improper bite will cause malfunctions with the jaw joints and the tissues of the ears resulting in a ringing noise. Not all ear ringing is related to TMJ but is very common.

While TMJ disorder can cause a variety of complicated issues, it can be treated in a completely non-invasive manner thanks to neuromuscular dentistry. At your first visit, we will get a clear picture of what is causing the symptoms you are experiencing through observation and X-rays. Once we understand what the cause is, we can assist in correcting the misalignment of the jaw by placing it in its optimal position. This may be done through the use of an orthotic device, making adjustments to the bite or by restoring teeth to their proper position within the mouth.