What are TMJ disorders?
TMJ conditions fall into three main categories:
- Myofascial pain: Discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw function (grinding teeth can result in this type of TMJ disorder)
- Internal derangement of the joint: A possible indicator of a displaced disc, dislocated jaw, or injury to the condyle
- Arthritis: A degenerative inflammatory disorder that causes joint pain and stiffness
Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders
- Soreness in the cheek or jaw area
- Pain in or around the ears
- Facial pain
- Tight jaws
- Popping or clicking sounds when opening mouth
- Locking of the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
How are TMJ disorders treated?
To treat TMJ disorders, our office can create custom oral appliances that alleviate stress on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and prevent further damage and pain. Typically worn at night, these removable acrylic appliances can help relieve temporomandibular joint pain and other effects of grinding the teeth.
TMJ disorders can be also alleviated through self-managed care (eating soft foods, using ice packs, avoiding extreme jaw movement) or nonsurgical treatments (anti-inflammatory medications, BOTOX® injections, stabilization splints).