TMJ or Temporomandibular (jaw) joint problems

The joint connecting your lower jaw and skull (TMJ joint) needs equal support from both sides of both jaws and the chewing action is designed to work properly only when all your teeth are present and in the correct position.

Symptoms of TMJ are clicking or grating noises normally as a result of cartilage jumping when your mouth is open. Other symptoms may include difficulty opening or closing your mouth, swelling or tenderness over the joint, pain in the face, neck and chewing muscles, headaches, migraine or pain in your ear.

Any missing teeth may need to be replaced either with a partial denture, bridgework or implants. The Michigan Splint, developed at Michigan University, can treat TMJ and control bruxism. The splint allows the teeth to have a perfect bite, reducing stress on the teeth and protecting them from damage. IT prevents the teeth from banging into each other. It also reduces the stress in the muscles around the head and neck and may also help to improve quality of sleep.