About TMJ Disorder
TMJ is a common problem that can cause a range of symptoms, including earaches, headaches, trouble opening the mouth, clicking or grating sounds in the joint, and pain when opening or closing the mouth.
If you suffer from TMJ disorder, then let us help! Our team of dental and oral surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorder. We use a comprehensive approach to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients. If you suspect you may have a TMJ disorder, then don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our experienced team!
In order to diagnose a TMJ disorder, a variety of methods may be used, including special imaging studies of the joints. Referral to other dental or medical specialists, as well as a physical therapist, may be necessary depending on the severity of the condition. Treatment options for TMJ disorders range from conservative dental and medical care to complex surgery. Pain and muscle relaxation can be achieved through short-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and bite plates or splint therapy may also be recommended. Additionally, stress management counseling may be suggested as a treatment option for some patients.
If non-surgical treatment proves ineffective or there is clear joint damage, surgery may be required to address TMJ disorders. Conservative surgical approaches, such as arthroscopy and arthrocentesis, can involve washing out the joint to remove inflammatory products and provide lubrication, allowing for smoother and easier joint function. These techniques are similar to those used in orthopedic procedures for larger joints, such as the knee. Another approach may involve direct surgical repair of damaged tissue.
Am I a Candidate?
Accurately identifying the cause of a TMJ disorder is critical, as the cause informs the course of treatment. There are several potential causes of TMJ symptoms, including arthritis, injury, and teeth grinding. Displacement or dislocation of the disk between the jawbone and skull socket is another common cause, which can result in limited jaw movement, pain when opening and closing the mouth, and clicking or popping sounds. Perforation or a hole in the disk can also lead to a grating sound during joint movement. Some conditions, such as trauma or rheumatoid arthritis, may cause the TMJ components to fuse, preventing jaw movement altogether.