TMJ is the term widely in use when referring to Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), a complex group of disorders sometimes characterized by pain and limited mobility in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding tissue. It is estimated that 35 million adults suffer from TMJ Disorders, however, there are few medical professionals experienced in diagnosing and treating these conditions.
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ
Patients with TMJ Disorders often exhibit signs and symptoms very different from one another, which makes diagnosing TMJ Disorders a challenge. Frequent signs or symptoms include:
- Noises in the TMJ, popping, clicking or grating
- Difficulty opening or “locked” jaw
- Frequent headaches or migraines.
- Difficulty eating or chewing
- Tired sensation after exercising the TMJ as in eating, chewing or speaking
Diagnosing and Treating TMJ
In dentistry, there is no one size fits all solution for any problem or condition; this couldn’t be truer for TMJ Disorders. Each problem is unique to the individual patient and treatment planning is entirely dependent on the diagnosis. We have worked with many TMJ patients and brings a comprehensive knowledge to each case and treatment plan.
TMJ Therapy Methods
When treating patients with TMJ Disorders, both our dentists take a conservative approach, avoiding major procedures and surgery whenever possible. Therapies for TMJ may include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Mouth guards or splints
- Changes to the occlusion (bite) to correct problems or misalignment