Do you have TMJD – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJD, is a group of painful conditions that affect the jaw joint and surrounding muscles and nerves. Although TMJ Disorder is not life threatening, it can be detrimental to quality of life since the symptoms can become chronic and difficult to manage. People with TMJ disorders may exhibit a variety of symptoms including:
- Pain in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint soreness
- Radiating pain in the face, jaw or neck
- Jaw muscle pain or stiffness
- Aching pain in and around ears
- Difficulty chewing or discomfort while chewing
- Limited movement or locking jaw
- Painful jaw clicking, popping or grinding when opening or closing the mouth
- Headaches or Migraines
- A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
Who is affected by TMJD?
According to the National Institutes of Health, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJD) may afflict more than an estimated 35 million Americans.1 Those affected by TMJ Disorder are usually between 20 and 40 years of age. Even though both men and women experience these disorders, women seem to be affected by TMJD more often than men. In fact, the majority of those seeking treatment for TMJD pain are women in their childbearing years and the ratio of women to men increases with the severity of symptoms.
The Better Solution – TMJ NextGeneration™
The TMJ NextGeneration™ Device is a medical device that treats the Temporomandibular Joint at its nearest access point – the ear canal. It consists of two custom-made, hollow ear canal inserts that fit in the ear canals. Because they are hollow, the inserts permit full passage of sound. When in place, the inserts rest in the outer part of the ear canal and have small retraction posts that allow for easy removal. The device is easy for the patient to insert and remove. When inserted in the ear it is practically invisible from the outside.
- Ear canal inserts customized for each patient
- Ideal for daytime use – does not interfere with eating and talking
- Comfortable and discreet
- FDA cleared
How does the TMJ NextGeneration™ device work?
The ear canal is located very close to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the shape of the ear canal changes somewhat when the jaw is opened or closed through movements such as chewing, smiling, and speaking. The device uses this anatomical change to provide a unique near field TMJD treatment.
The TMJ NextGeneration™ Device can be up to or greater than 20% larger in its dynamic geometry than the ear canal when in a jaw closed position. It is this change in volume or ear canal space that is believed to apply subtle pressure against the walls of the ear canal and by proximity to the TMJ and surrounding muscle and nerve tissue; encouraging the patient to return to the “open bite” position minimizing the tendency to clench the jaw and tense the surrounding muscles.