Treatment of TMJ

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) constitute a myriad of problems related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the surrounding muscles of the jaw.  The TMJ connects your lower jaw to your skull, and allows your lower jaw to open and close to facilitate chewing and speaking. 

Symptoms may include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Difficult jaw opening; catching, locking or shifting
  • Painful joint noises: clicking, popping, or grating

 

Treatment Options:

  • Self Management: Stress management, using cold and hot packs, not opening your mouth too wide, avoid any excessive chewing habits and clenching.
  • Physical Therapy: Our doctors will determine if physical therapy will help and if so refer you to a therapist who specializes in TMJ/TMD.
  • Medications: If clinically indicated our doctor may prescribed a medication; for example, muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-anxiety drugs or anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Orthotic: Otherwise known as a stabilization splint or occusal guard. Our practice only makes custom guards. 

 

  • Injection & Surgical: When other treatment options can’t relieve your pain, our doctors may suggest surgery or other procedures. Some of these might include open joint surgery, arthrocentesis, injections at the joint, TMJ arthroscopy, or modified condylotomy. These procedures range from non-invasive to traditional surgery.
  • Botox Injections: Botox can be used not only for cosmetic purposes, but also for TMJ issues. Botox works by partially weakening and calming those overworked jaw muscles to provide much-needed relief.  Is it one of the many strategies we use to treat TMJ disorders. Our doctors are certified to perform Botox and Juvederm treatments, whether for cosmetic purposes or for medical treatment.

 

Patients should schedule a consultation to discuss their specific symptoms and medical history. At that time, we will review the problem, examine your mouth and discuss a treatment plan that best meets your needs.