Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) when not functioning properly can cause severe jaw or facial pain. The tissues behind the joint (retrodicsal tissues) have nerves that run through them. Once inflamed any slight pressure on the joint and surrounding structures can cause pain.
Prosthodontists are trained to diagnosis and treat Temporomandibular Discomfort (TMD). There are several treatment options depending on the severity of symptoms. All options are generally conservative and do not produce permanent damage to the teeth. Treatment can include the use of an oral appliances, physical therapy, exercise and medication.
For more information on TMJ /TMD treatment visit the American College of Prosthodontists.