TMJ refers to disorders that affect the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is one of the body’s most complex joint and is responsible for sliding, hinging and moving the jaw back and forth so that you can bite, chew and speak. Our team offers diagnosis and treatment for patients with temporomandibular joint disorders. We can help you get the relief you deserve.
Anything that interferes with the ability of the discs, bones, muscles and ligaments to do their jobs can lead to problems within the joint. It often occurs when the disc erodes or slips out of alignment or the joint is damaged by arthritis or a direct blow. Your risk is higher if you have a history of jaw injury, arthritis or tooth grinding. If you are at a high risk of temporomandibular joint problems or have symptoms of this common disorder, call our dentist to schedule an evaluation.
Symptoms often include:
Pain and pressure behind the eyes
Pain when chewing or biting
Tenderness in the jaw muscles
A jaw that locks open or shut
A change in bite
Neck or shoulder pain
There is no single treatment or cure for all patients, but our team can recommend a course of action based on your symptoms and needs. Common treatments include lifestyle changes, medications to ease inflammation, stress reduction techniques, physical therapy, cold or warm compresses or injections. If you have underlying issues, such as bruxism or malocclusion, that are aggravating the joint, treating them can help reduce symptoms of your temporomandibular joint disorder. Rarely, surgery can be used to address specific structural problems. This is most common when there is a structural abnormality or arthritic damage to the joint.
Most people experience dramatic relief with proper treatment and may even enjoy complete symptom resolution. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.