What are TMJ disorders?
The temporomandibular joint is responsible for connecting your lower jaw to your skull. Over time and because of certain health conditions, this joint may become dislocated or experience other mobility problems. You might notice that the joint cracks, clicks, pops or grinds whenever you open your mouth. Some patients experience pain and tenderness, which is a sign that treatment of the disorder is necessary.
Why is treatment of TMJ disorders necessary?
Left untreated, TMJ disorder can and will eventually get worse. The condition often starts out small with simple cracking and popping when you open your jaw. Over time, you might experience severe pain, swelling and even infection in and around the joint. It is essential that you consider treatment if you notice there is a problem with the TMJ.
What makes you a candidate for TMJ disorder treatment?
TMJ disorders can happen at any age, but they are often more common among those who are more mature. Treating the disorder can involve a series of different remedies or just one specific treatment. We will examine your TMJ to determine if there is a problem with it. This includes taking images of the TMJ area as well as examining it when you open and close your jaw.
What can be expected with TMJ disorder treatment?
Treatment varies from one patient to the next. For mild cases of TMJ disorder, we might recommend physical therapy, hot/cold therapy and diet changes to allow for jaw rest. This can often help to make the joint more mobile and to bring down any inflammation and pain you’re experiencing. For more serious disorders, we might recommend injections, pain relievers and/or surgery. To determine which option is best for you, we’ll ask you about your symptoms and perform a thorough examination of the area. We typically start with more mild treatments first before going on to something that is more costly or invasive.
If you think that you may have a TMJ-related disorder, call us today so that we can get you in for a consultation regarding possible treatment of the condition.