What is TMJ Treatment?
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is responsible for the ease of movement of your lower jaw. When this joint is stiff, swollen or out of alignment, you’ll experience pain and tenderness. It may even be difficult for you to open and close your mouth fully without experiencing pain. We often recommend TMJ treatment to patients who are experiencing problems with their TMJ.
Why is TMJ Treatment needed?
Most patients take their TMJ for granted until they begin to experience problems with it. It is best to receive treatment of a TMJ problem before it’s able to get worse. Some reasons that indicate the need for treatment include:
- Clicking, popping or grinding of the joint
- Pain and tenderness
- Inability to open your mouth fully
- Headaches and earaches with no other explanation
Who is a candidate for TMJ Treatment?
We can examine your mouth and jaw area to determine if there’s a problem with your TMJ. We will listen to the joint and make note of any unusual sounds that could indicate a problem. We have a variety of treatment options available to you. Depending on how severe the problem is concerning your TMJ, we will suggest different treatment options.
What happens during TMJ Treatment?
During the consultation, we will go over the different treatment options for you. Most often, we start with conventional therapies to help relieve the pain and stiffness of the joint. This may include hot and cold therapy, physical therapy as well as over-the-counter pain relievers and muscle relaxers. In more extreme cases, surgery may be required. We do everything we can to relieve you of your pain to ensure that you have full functioning of this joint. When you are able to open and close your jaw easily, you’ll find it is easier to eat, chew, bite into foods and even talk about experiencing any of the pain and tenderness that you once did.
If you are having problems with your TMJ, call our office so that our staff members can get you scheduled with an appointment.