The term temporomandibular disoders (TMD) describes a broad range of disorders associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), muscles of mastication, and/or associated supporting structures. Symptoms associated with TMD can range from occasional clicking or popping of the TMJ, pain or soreness of the TMJ or muscles in the face, head and neck, and limited or deviations from normal jaw movement (Greenberg, 2003).
Our office offers custom fabricated intraoral appliances that range from simple "night guards," which protect teeth from the destructive forces associated with bruxism (grinding teeth) or clenching, to flat-plane stabilization splints that may aid in the reduction of TMJ and muscular discomfort.
Ref: Burket's Oral Medicine: Diagnosis & Treatment, 10th Ed., M. Greenberg., et. al., BC Decker, Inc., 2003.