TMJ is also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction. The temporomandibular joint is what connects your jaw to your skull, at the temporal bones. TMJ is a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint and muscle, causing pain and dysfunction in the joints and muscles of the jaw and face. TMJ conditions typically fall into 3 main categories:
Symptoms of TMJ vary from person to person. Some common symptoms include problems chewing, swelling on the side of your face, jaw getting stuck in an open or closed position, clicking or popping sounds when you open your mouth, facial pain, headaches, toothaches, ear ringing, dizziness, and more.
TMJ can be diagnosed by either your dentist or doctor. They will discuss your symptoms and do a physical examination of your jaw, observing your range of motion and checking for areas of discomfort or pain. If a problem is suspected, they may recommend dental X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to look deeper into the problem.
Treatment of TMJ disorders varies from medication, such as anti-inflammatories and pain relievers, to therapy and surgeries. Sometimes, symptoms go away on their own, and treatment isn’t necessary. Unless your problem is severe, home treatment is usually the first treatment recommended. If your TMJ disorder doesn’t respond well to home remedies, more invasive treatment will likely be needed.
Parris Orthodontics offers treatment for simple TMJ cases. Oftentimes, TMJ can be more of a muscular problem, which is typically better treated by a physical therapist. Upon examination and after giving a diagnosis, Dr. Parris will determine which treatment option is best for your unique case, depending on if it can be treated in our office or if a referral to a specialist is needed. Call us today to schedule an appointment or for more information on TMJ disorders.
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