also known as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. People have the ability to tolerate muscle activity or imperfection in their bite (occlusion). The level of tolerance varies from person to person. If the muscle activity created by the clenching or grinding of teeth becomes greater than one can tolerate, symptoms will result. Symptoms can result even if a person is not aware of grind their teeth. Most people do this while they sleep.

Symptoms of TMJ
  • Headaches, especially frontal or side facial pain (tension headaches)
  • Jaw joint pain (also popping or clicking in the joint; even ear ringing or pain).
  • Sore teeth (with possible tooth mobility).
  • Neck aches (pain, tenderness, or tightening of neck muscles).
  • Limited mouth opening (pain, soreness, or tightening of chewing muscles).
  • Tooth wear.
  • Self-care
  • Stress-management
  • Physical therapy
  • Occlusal splint
  • Bite-correction
  • Surgery