TMJD and Treatment


The Temporomandibular Joints include the most complex joints in the human body. They are responsible for a variety of different movements used when chewing, swallowing and speaking. When this complex system of ligaments, muscle and discs works improperly a condition called TMJD occurs.  Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) can cause multiple problems such as frequent headaches, migraines, jaw-pain, earaches, ringing in ears, and clenching and grinding. Clinical signs include worn and chipped teeth, fractured teeth, gum recession, notching of enamel at the gumline, sensitivity and shifting teeth.

There are several treatments available for TMJD. Dr. Valle will begin with the most conservative non-invasive options which may include stress-reducing activities/lifestyle, a mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding, orthodontics and in some complex cases surgery.

Dr. Valle and his team are trained to understand the relationship of your teeth, jaws and bite. If not properly balanced, several if not all of the above listed signs and symptoms can appear. Please call our office to set up your personal consultation and to get more information on TMJD and its treatment.