Treatments for TMJ Disorder
Your mouth is made up of several components that enable it to perform a variety of different functions. The temporomandibular joints, commonly abbreviated as TMJ, are located on each side of the face where the lower jaw meets your skull. These joints work with the attached muscles, bones, and ligaments to allow your jaw to open and close as well as move side to side. Each joint has a disc between a ball and socket. The disc works to absorb the impact of the load placed on it. If the TMJ becomes irritated and inflamed, it may become difficult, if not impossible, to move your mouth or use it anyway. At Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery, we can help to alleviate pain and restore the functions of your mouth with treatments for TMJ disorder.
TMJ disorder, also called TMD, is a broad term for any issue that affects the health and functioning of your jaw and your temporomandibular joints. These issues can cause irritation and inflammation of the joints, which can make biting, chewing, speaking, even just opening and closing your mouth difficult. The pain can become so severe that it may feel almost impossible to use your mouth at all.
Pain in the jaw and TMJ are the most common symptoms of TMJ disorder. Other symptoms that may accompany the disorder include:
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
There are multiple causes of TMJ disorder, including:
How is TMJ Disorder Diagnosed?A dental exam is necessary to diagnose the cause of your TMJ disorder so that we are able to determine the best treatment to restore your oral health. First, we perform a visual inspection of your mouth, checking over your teeth and jaws for alignment issues and looking over your gums. We also take images of your mouth, which may include X-rays, CT scans, and CAT scans. These images allow us to see the roots of your teeth, your jawbone, and the joints. Once we have determined the exact cause of your TMJ disorder, we can then create a customized treatment plan to help alleviate your discomfort and restore your oral health.
Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder
Your available treatments are based on the diagnosed cause of your TMJ disorder. Treatments we may recommend include:
If your TMJ is causing you significant discomfort that is interfering with your quality of life, there is help. Call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery today at (734) 455-0710 for more information and to schedule your consultation.