The lower jaw "hinges" against the side of the head by two temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Inside the TMJ is a disc composed of cartilage.
TMJ disorders can cause pain, “ clicking” sounds, inability to open, locking of the jaw or headaches.
The i-Cat is an excellent tool to image a troubled TMJ joint.
Treatments depend on the diagnosis, but soft diet, TMJ splints, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy or surgery maybe necessary.