If you wiggle your jaw from side to side, you’ll feel a set of small hinges in front of your ears. These make up your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is what allows your jaw to move freely in all directions. Like other joints in the body, the TMJ can sometimes develop problems that lead to chronic pain and stiffness, which are referred to as a TMJ disorder, or TMD. Thankfully, the team at Temple Choice Dental can help someone identify the source of their TMD and provide targeted TMJ Therapy for our Temple, TX dental patients to deliver lasting relief.
If the teeth do not come together correctly, this can cause pain in the TMJ, because the jaw is never able to fully relax. This leads to the muscles overworking and building up lactic acid, which is what causes your muscles to feel sore after working out. An equilibration/occlusal adjustment involves building up or reshaping a small number of teeth so that the bite is able to close properly. As a result, the muscles can relax, the pain goes away, and a patient is able to function normally and comfortably.