Your mouth has several working parts that enable it to do a wide variety of different tasks. One important component of your mouth is your temporomandibular joints, or TMJ. These joints are located on each side of your face, where the mandible, or lower jaw, meets the skull. These two joints, along with the attached muscles, ligaments, and bones, make it possible for you to open and close your mouth, as well as move the jaw from side to side. If the joints become irritated and then inflamed, this can cause a significant amount of pain, as well as make it difficult to move your mouth. Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery can help to treat issues affecting your TMJ and restore your oral health.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder refers to any number of different issues that affect the health of your temporomandibular joints, the jaw, and the attached muscles and ligaments. These issues often cause irritation and inflammation of the joints, which can then lead to severe pain that can significantly impact your quality of life.
What Are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
Pain is just one indication of TMJ disorder. There are also several other symptoms that may occur. These symptoms often come on gradually, increasing in severity over time. The exact symptoms vary based on the exact cause and include other things such as:
TMJ Disorder Causes
TMJ disorder can be caused by some different issues.
How Is TMJ Disorder Diagnosed?
To diagnose TMJ disorder, a comprehensive oral exam is needed. We visually inspect the condition of your teeth and assess your mouth for alignment issues. We will also take images of your mouth, such as x-rays, CAT scans, CT scans, or 3D scans. These images allow us to see the roots of your teeth, your jawbone, the muscles, the ligaments, and the joints. A comprehensive exam allows us to determine the exact cause of your TMJ disorder, and create an effective, customized treatment plan that will provide you with the best results possible.
Treatments for TMJ Disorder
Your treatment for TMJ disorder will depend upon the cause. Treatments for TMJ include:
If your TMJ is causing you discomfort, and making it difficult, if not impossible, to use your mouth, we can help. Call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery to schedule your consultation today at (734) 455-0710.
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