What is TMJ / TMD Treatment?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that securely connects your bottom jaw to the actual skull. As with many other joints, the TMJ can begin to experience problems or dysfunction. This can lead to pain, swelling and discomfort surrounding the joint. In severe cases, TMD (temporomandibular disorder) can affect the ability to open and close your mouth properly.
Why would you need TMJ / TMD Treatment?
Early treatment of TMD is crucial in preventing the problem from getting worse. During a routine dental exam, we can check the health of this joint by listening to the way that it sounds while you open and close your jaw as well as the way that it feels. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort relating to this joint, we can take x-rays of the area to see the extent of the damage. Treatment is needed if there is a dysfunction of the joint that is prohibiting it from working correctly.
What makes you a good candidate for TMJ / TMD Treatment?
Most often, patients know when they have some type of TMJ problem. If your jaw is painful when you open or close your mouth or if it’s swollen and inflamed, this is often the signal that the TMJ is an issue. Some patients experience difficulty opening their mouth fully or may even hear a popping or grinding noise when chewing or talking. If you have temporomandibular disorder, it is imperative that you receive some type of treatment to prevent it from getting worse.
What can you expect with TMJ / TMD Treatment?
Treatment varies and isn’t specific to the actual disorder. Some patients may benefit more from physical therapy while others need splint surgery to keep the joint functioning properly. Before you have any treatment, your TMJ will be examined and x-rays taken. We’ll work on creating a treatment plan together to help ease the pain and discomfort that you’re feeling. In minor cases, you may just need OTC pain relievers or hot/cold therapy. If these treatments aren’t working, injections and surgery may be required.
If you have problems with your TMJ and want to look into treatment options, call our office and one of our staff members can better assist you.