What is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?
The temporomandibular joint is responsible for opening and closing your jaw bone. Over time, this joint can begin to develop problems, as do many other joints on the body. However, temporomandibular joint dysfunction can affect your ability to eat, chew, talk, and even just open your mouth. We offer treatment for temporomandibular joint dysfunction so that you can get back to living life comfortably.
Why might you have Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?
For some people, temporomandibular joint dysfunction is hereditary, and is simply something that runs in their family. Most often, temporomandibular joint dysfunction is caused by poor joint health or oral-related habits. For example, people who grind their teeth regularly or clench their teeth often have a higher chance of developing temporomandibular joint dysfunction. This dysfunction often comes and gets worse with age.
What are the treatment options available for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?
We offer a variety of options to help treat your temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Each treatment procedure is specifically designed to help treat or alleviate the pain and discomfort that you feel concerning your TMJ. Some of these treatment options include:
- Physical therapy
- Pain medications
- Hot/Cold therapy
What can you expect with professional Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction treatment?
First, we will check the TMJ for signs of temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Signs of this disorder include tenderness, inflammation, and popping or clicking of the jaw. If it’s determined that you have TMD, we will recommend specific treatment procedures to help alleviate the damage and pain of this particular joint. Our goal is to restore order to the TMJ and make life more comfortable for you. In general, the sooner that you begin treatment, the less damage is caused to this joint. Surgery is available to treat temporomandibular joint dysfunction, but is often a last resort option to address the problem after other treatments have failed.
If you have problems with your TMJ and want to have it checked by one of our doctors, call our office and we can get you in for an appointment at your earliest convenience.