Temporomandibular (TMJ) Disorders
Headaches, earaches, pain from simply trying to open your mouth and the irritating clicking in the jaw are red flags for disorders connected to your TMJ (Tempromandibular Joint). It’s the small joint where your jaw meets your skull. The TMJ makes life much easier for most of us. For others, troublesome, difficulties with it are actually just called TMJ too. Frequently it’s excruciatingly painful. Let’s skip all the reasons you might be suffering from TMJ disorder and offer this encouraging news. Red Rock OMSC is experienced in relieving TMJ disorders.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It permits the lower jaw (mandible) to move and function. TMJ disorders are not uncommon and have a variety of symptoms.
Patients may complain of earaches, headaches and limited ability to open their mouth. They may also complain of clicking or grating sounds in the joint and feel pain when opening and closing their mouth. What must be determined, of course, is the cause.
Range of Possible Treatment
TMJ treatment may range from conservative dental and medical care to complex surgery. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment may include short-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and muscle relaxation, bite plate or splint therapy, and even stress management counseling.
Generally, if non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful or if there is clear joint damage, surgery may be indicated. Surgery can involve either arthroscopy (the method identical to the orthopaedic procedures used to inspect and treat larger joints such as the knee) or repair of damaged tissue by a direct surgical approach.
Once TMJ disorders are correctly diagnosed, appropriate treatment can be provided.
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