The lower jaw or mandible extends posteriorly to a long process of bone called the condyle. This hinges with the skull at the Tempero-mandibular-joint.
A small cartilaginous disc resides in this joint space. Sometimes this disc may slip or become malformed through habitual behavior, trauma and pathology or simply due to anatomical variations.
This can cause pain, headaches, a stiff jaw, problems opening and closing and often an audible click on eating or opening wide. We can often provide an appliance to relieve this problem and also help you to retrain yourself to stop the problem from reoccurring. At times where TMJ dysfunction is severe it may be appropriate to refer patients to a specialist in this field for definitive treatment.