The first phase is to relieve the muscle spasm and pain and stabilize the jaw joint in the jaw socket. Often a temporary device known as a “bite splint” is worn over the teeth until the muscles relax and the pain is relieved. Once your jaw joint is stabilized, the second phase is to evaluate your bite for corrective options so you are not dependent on the “bite splint” for comfort and stability. Permanent correction involves the selective reshaping of the teeth; adding to the teeth with conservative bonding materials; building crowns on the teeth and/or orthodontics. Rarely, if the jaw joint itself is damaged, it may need surgical care. Ultimately, Dr. Sheils can stabilize your bite so that the teeth, muscles, and joints all work together naturally for optimal long-term health and comfort.