What is TMJ Disorder?

What is TMJ DisorderTMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your jaw to the top part of your skull. It’s a complicated piece of your anatomy, which pairs a sliding motion with a hinging motion when it moves. When the cartilage in that joint wears out or breaks down for any reason, you can experience pain as a result in your jaw. Your jaw may pop or stop, have chronic pain or bother you constantly when this happens. At that point, it may be time to check in with your dentist to see whether you may have a TMJ disorder. You have an especially elevated risk of problems if you already suffer from arthritis, grind your teeth, or have certain connective tissue diseases.

What Treatment Options Are Available For TMJ Disorder?

If your dentist or specialist diagnoses you with TMJ disorder, there are a variety of treatment options available to you. Some long-range treatments include prescription medicines, physical therapy, and mouth guards. These will require upkeep on the patient’s end of varying degrees. One-time surgical interventions are also possible; however, they are generally only reserved for extreme cases. More holistic options include counseling, biofeedback, and acupuncture, depending on the cause of the TMJ disorder.

What Do We Offer Here For TMJ Disorder?

We offer the mouth guard, or occlusal appliance, as a treatment for TMJ disorder. The mouth guard has very few side effects, and can be personalized to your unique jaw. Along with relaxation, this appliance can provide a cost-effective, long-term solution. It can relieve your pain without the hassle of surgery or prescription medication. It is often the first-line treatment for TMJ disorder. As always, consult your dentist about your specific case.


With decades of professional dental care experience, native of Kansas City, Robert M Browne,DDS is proud to provide general, cosmetic, restorative, and prosthetic care to patients from Prairie Village and surrounding communities. To learn more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585.