Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD or TMJ disorder, is a common problem associated with headaches and muscle pain. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
  • Pain in the face, jaw, neck or shoulders
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Joint popping or clicking
  • Muscle stiffness or soreness
Battling TMJ problems can interfere with daily activities; meals can be difficult, and headaches a burden. Non-invasive therapeutic treatments for TMJ disorders can help alleviate these symptoms and prevent further degeneration of the joint and disk. Treatment can be relatively simple, and Dr. Ryan R. Love has successfully helped numerous patients recover or effectively manage their TMJ symptoms. In most cases, a customized bite guard is made to help position the patient’s jaws into a correct resting relationship. This trains the joint to function properly, and prevents excessive pressure on the surrounding muscles. Some people find that they only need to wear their bite guard during the night, but other people may elect to wear it in the daytime as well. Each guard is custom made for a comfortable fit that stays in place for a restful night’s sleep.