TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which consists of the bone structure, muscles, and tissues that surround the jaw. This joint is pivotal to proper chewing and speaking. When patients experience disorders in this joint, they suffer from symptoms that limit their daily activities.
Some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder, or TMD, include:
- Pain and tenderness near the jaw
- Popping or clicking in the joint
- Ringing in the ears
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Fatigued facial muscles
- Difficulty chewing
- Lock jaw
TMD is a collection of disorders that are the second most common pain-causing musculoskeletal condition in the U.S. As many as 12 percent of Americans suffer from some type of TMD, and they are not all being treated appropriately. If you have noticed any of the above symptoms, and are not sure which doctor to turn to, it’s time to consult with your dentist about TMD.
Should I Seek TMJ Treatment at Smilecology?
You should be formally examined if you think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder. Dr. Phan will evaluate the condition of your jaw and determine which course of treatment is right for you.
There are many ways to treat TMJ disorders, and we have the right therapy waiting for you at Smilecology. From custom-made bite splints, to injections, to lifestyle changes, you can improve your jawbone function and eliminate the symptoms of the disorder.
TMJ treatment varies from patient to patient. We may recommend any of the following:
- Avoid sudden jaw movements
- Begin sleeping on your back
- Reduce your stress levels
- Physical therapy
- Custom-made bite guards
- Medications to relax the jaw or relieve pain
- Joint injections
We look forward to giving you the treatment you need to overcome TMJ disorder. To learn more, call our office to schedule your appointment today.