The temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull, can become injured or damaged through overuse, injury or disease. This can lead to a disorder called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. Temporomandibular joint disorder can cause pain and dysfunction but typically responds well to conservative and minimally invasive therapies. If you have this condition, proper diagnosis and treatment can help. Call our office today set up an appointment and get started on the road to recovery.
Signs and symptoms often include:
- Pain and stiffness in the jaw joint
- Clicking, popping and grinding sounds, which tends to be accompanied by pain or difficulty opening and closing the jaw
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Sore jaw muscles
- Locking of the jaw joint
- Radiating pain
- Facial soreness or pain
Addressing the symptoms often requires a multi-pronged approach. Our goal is to not just relieve the symptoms but also address the underlying cause of the symptoms to provide you with long-term relief. Although temporomandibular joint disorder is not necessarily curable, most patients experience significant improvement with the right treatment approach. We can help you find the best treatments for your needs. Call us today to get started on the road to recovery.
Initial treatments may include resting the joint, ice packs, massage, gentle stretches, stress reduction and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Additional therapies may include physical therapy, injections, bite splints, night guards, prescription medications, orthodontic treatment, and, in some cases, surgery. We will work with you to identify the best treatments for your needs and to ensure maximum pain relief. Call our office now to learn more about available TMJ disorder treatments and to schedule your consultation with our dentist.