Have you been suffering from jaw pain? If so, then you know just how frustrating and uncomfortable this can be. There’s a good chance that what you’re experiencing is TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome. The good news is that this condition can be treated.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is a condition that causes pain or tenderness in the jaw, and is often accompanied by difficulty chewing and aching around the facial bones and muscles. This might also lead to locking of the joint, which makes it hard to open and close the mouth. In other cases, TMJ may also cause clicking noises when you open and close your jaw.
The temporomandibular joint is both a hinge and a joint that allows us to slide our lower jaw forward and backward. The two bones are covered in cartilage and separated by a thin disk to absorb shocks. These two elements help make the movements smooth and pain free.
Unfortunately, these padding elements can wear down over time, and this is when TMJ disorders can present themselves. In some cases, this is due to arthritis. In others, it might be the result of an impact or poor alignment.
What Does TMJ Treatment Involve?
If you notice any of the symptoms described above, it may be time to come and pay Nirvana Dental a visit. We offer TMJ treatment in Bedford, Euless, & Colleyville TX.
If you stop by our office for TMJ treatment, your visit will usually start with a consultation to determine the nature and severity of your pain. We might also use an X-ray in order to get a closer look at precisely what’s going on inside your jaw.
TMJ Treatment Options
After your initial consultation, we can engage a number of different treatment options. Sometimes, we’ll focus on managing the discomfort and lack of movement, which will usually mean using muscle relaxants, pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and other non-surgical methods.
When the situation is more severe, it might be necessary to be more proactive. For example, oral splints or mouth guards can be used to combat pain. Also, physiotherapy can be used to strengthen the surrounding muscle and fix movement patterns.
If none of these methods work, we’ll suggest more drastic action in the form of surgery and refer you to an outpatient surgeon in the area. This type of TMJ treatment will mean operating on the joint to fix structural issues.
Get Treatment for TMJ Pain Today
Regardless of the cause of your TMJ, we can provide effective treatment with minimal discomfort or pain. Your health and satisfaction are our priority. Give us a call at (682) 703-0101 to learn more about our TMJ treatment options, or book an appointment with Dr. Vartikar to get started today.