The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. It is located directly in front of the ears on both sides and acts like a hinge, allowing your jaw to open, close, and move side to side smoothly. It is not uncommon for patients to have pain and problems with their TMJ area or the surrounding muscles that move the jaw.
The treatment for problems involving the TMJ and muscular facial pain are often related to an evaluation of the bite and jaw position. Typically, the treatment can be something minor, such as a night guard or some kind of oral appliance. Surgery is rarely needed. However, Dr. Collins has extensive training in TMJ surgery.
Dr. Collins does not actively treat most cases of TMJ that require an oral appliance, but he has tremendous expertise that allows him to thoroughly evaluate what may be actually causing the pain and problems. Many patients with TMJ problems have a jaw misalignment, and orthodontics and/or jaw surgery can sometimes benefit them. If you are having pain in your jaw joints with tenderness and soreness in the muscles around your jaw, you may want to schedule a consultation for a TMJ evaluation.