Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ dysfunction is characterized by headaches, joint clicking, limited jaw opening, earaches, ringing in the ears, dizziness, chewing discomfort, neck discomfort or stiffness, difficulty in closing the teeth together. Causes of TMJ dysfunction can be from trauma, malocclusion (bad bite), arthritis, or skeletal malformation.
What does treating TMJ involve?
Correctly diagnosing a TMJ disorder requires a complete head and neck examination, health history, and appropriate radiographs.
Once a firm diagnosis is attained, there are several conservative, non-surgical ways in which relief can be provided. Less severe TMJ episodes can be treated with over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, stress management techniques, or physical therapy. More severe cases include a custom made splint that helps to eliminate muscle spasm related pain, and helps to stabilize the temporomandibular joints.
Very few TMJ dysfunction cases require joint surgery. If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment