What is the TMJ?
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint responsible for attaching the lower jaw to your skull. As with many other joints in the human body, this one can become dysfunctional over time. TMJ disorder or dysfunction can cause pain, tenderness and swelling around the joint area. We offer many different treatment options to help make the TMJ more comfortable and to reduce the pain and immobility that you’re experiencing.
Why is treatment of TMJ Disorder necessary?
If you have TMJ dysfunction or disorder, this can get in the way of your quality of life. It might be difficult for you to open your mouth fully, and it might even hurt to chew and eat foods. For some patients, this area may look swollen and inflamed, which can cause you to feel badly about your appearance. Treatment can help to eliminate these problems and prevent them from getting worse.
Who is a candidate for TMJ treatment?
To determine if you have TMJ-related problems, we will examine the joint by listening to it and feeling it while you open and close your mouth. Many times, the joint will click, pop or even make a grinding nose when in use. X-rays and other special images can give us a clear view of any problems happening below the surface. If you have a TMJ-related disorder, it is important to consider treatment as soon as possible.
What can you expect with TMJ treatment?
We offer several types of treatments for your own needs. For patients with mild to moderate TMJ dysfunction, we will start with milder treatments to see if they can help. If you have severe TMJ dysfunction, we may recommend more aggressive treatment. Our goal is to eliminate the pain you’re experiencing while improving mobility of this joint. Some of our treatment options include:
- Pain relievers
- Hot/cold therapy
- Physical therapy
- Botox injections
- Treatment of bruxism (grinding)
If you’d like to learn more about TMJ dysfunction and treatment options available, call us today to speak with one of our highly skilled staff members.