TMJ Disorder Treatment
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, is often used generically to describe pain in the joint or jaw region that may be accompanied by a decrease in the ability to open your mouth, popping or clicking, and the inability to chew foods without discomfort.
TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, referring to misalignment or inflammation caused by TMJ. Our experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons will help determine the best TMJ treatment for you. We understand most patients are exhausted from trying to find an effective treatment for TMJ without success. We will determine if you are a candidate for TMJ surgery or another effective solution.
What Causes TMJ?
The leading causes of TMJ disorder include:
- Injury to the jaw joints and surrounding tissues
- Dislocation of the ball and socket joint disc
- Misaligned bite
- TMJ arthritis
- Acute trauma
Symptoms of TMJ
The most common TMJ symptoms include:
- Jaw pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Clicking or popping sound in your jaw
- Locking jaws
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Chewing problems
- Tooth pain
Our team of board-certified oral surgeons can ensure your TMJ treatment is comfortable, quick, and hassle-free.
Most patients come to us once all conservative treatment has been exhausted and are ready to see an oral surgeon to determine if they are a candidate for surgery. Most TMJ patients have worked with their dentist and had appliance therapy, physical therapy, or both without success. We perform a thorough examination before determining the best TMJ treatment for you. The majority of TMJ patients can be treated effectively without surgery. We treat TMJ with muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory medications, TMJ exercises, and a soft diet. If we’ve exhausted all non-invasive TMJ treatment options and severe pain remains, we may recommend TMJ surgery.
In some cases, TMJ disorder may fade away on its own. These cases include TMJ flare-ups due to stress or a mild injury. If a jaw misalignment causes your TMJ disorder, chronic pain can only be reduced with the proper treatment. We will help determine your type and severity of TMJ.
TMJ dysfunction can be eradicated with the proper treatment. We’ll diagnose your TMJ disorder and determine the best treatment plan for your needs. Our team will start treatment as soon as possible before symptoms worsen.
TMJ disorder is often painful and affects a patient’s daily life. Many patients suffer from tooth grinding, chronic pain, and neck tension that affects their overall health. Most people with TMJ lose sleep and cannot perform daily activities. Lack of sleep can lead to insomnia, sleep apnea, depression, and imbalanced cortisol rhythms. The long-term effects of TMJ can cause a profound negative impact on your life.
We provide emergency care and long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation services to treat facial injuries such as lacerations, avulsed teeth, fractured bones, dislocated jaws, and more.