What is TMJ?
"TMJ" is a term used to described pain and dysfunction in the jaw and temple region of the head, usually involving the jaw joints (TMJ's) and surrounding jaw and temple muscles.
- Jaw Muscle Pain or Jaw "Tightness"
- Jaw Joint Noises (Popping, Clicking, Grinding)
- Limited or Painful Jaw Opening
- Jaws Locking Closed or Open
- Teeth Grinding or Clenching
TMJ Related Headaches
- Temples and Back of Head Most Common
- Mild and Nagging to Severe and Incapacitating
- Often Several Days per Week or More
- Behavior Modifications (soft diet, clenching reduction, stress reduction)
- Physical Therapy (muscle streching, moist heat, ice)
- Occlusal Nightguard (aka splints, mouthpiece, biteplate). The specially fitted device is custom made by a laboratory for your mouth. The appliance works by relaxing your jaw and temple muscles and reducing the load on your jaw joints while you sleep. Dr. Woodruff uses only Shands design and fitting criteria and is the only person fitting and adjusting your appliance.
- Medications (minority of patients): Muscle Relaxants, Anti-Inflammatories, Sleep Enhancers.
- Muscle Injections & Nerve Blocks (minority of patients).
ONLY 3 - 4% OF DR. WOODRUFF'S PATIENTS ARE EVENTUALLY ADVISED TO CONSIDER SURGICAL OPTIONS.