What is TMJ Treatment?
TMJ treatment is often needed when there is some type of dysfunction with the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects your lower jaw to your actual skull. Some people are more prone to developing TMJ-specific problems than others. In some cases, your TMJ pain and inflammation could be caused by lifestyle habits that have damaged the joint. In any case, treatment is necessary to reduce the pain and inflammation of the area and to prevent further damage of the joint.
Why might you need TMJ Treatment?
Most people can tell that they have TMJ problems without even needing to visit a doctor or dentist. If your TMJ pops, clicks or grinds when you open or close your mouth, it’s a sign that something is amiss with the functioning of the joint. You may experience TMJ pain, tenderness or soreness as well as an inability to open your mouth fully. In rare cases, the joint can become locked when opening too wide because it has become dislocated. In all of these cases, TMJ treatment is a priority and can greatly improve your overall quality of life.
What makes you a candidate for TMJ Treatment?
Despite the fact that most patients can tell if they have TMJ dysfunction, an exam and x-rays are needed. The x-rays help Dr. Chien to see the extent of the damage related to this joint and the best type of treatment that will be able to help. If your TMJ is causing you pain or discomfort, it’s time to seek treatment. There are many treatment options available, so it’s easy to find what works best for you.
What can you expect with TMJ Treatment?
TMJ treatment comes in many different types and options. Not every treatment is right for every patient. Patients with more severe dysfunction may require surgery to correct the problem while someone with only minor discomfort can benefit from physical therapy and other treatments. Some of the more common options available for TMJ treatment include:
• OTC and prescription pain relievers
• Physical therapy
• Hot/cold therapy
If you think you need TMJ treatment or would like to inquire more about your options, call our office now and we’ll get right to work in scheduling an appointment for you