TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint,” and essentially is the jaw joint located near the ear on both sides of the face. TMJ problems are most often very complex. TMD, or “temporomandibular disorders,” encompass a wide variety of facial pain or disorders. In fact, sometimes problems with the TMJ are confused with pain in the muscles that allow for jaw opening and closing. For these and many other reason, it is important for patients to be evaluated by a qualified professional in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis of the origin of the pain they are experiencing. In most cases, non-surgical management will help to alleviate the pain. However, if this non-surgical treatment approach does not abate the pain, you may be a candidate for surgical intervention. Patients should be aware that treatment of TMD can be ongoing and often will require a multi-faceted treatment plan. These treatments can include medication, physical therapy, intra-oral devices and surgery. Patients often ask, “how do I know if I am a candidate for TMD treatment?” The following are symptoms of TMD:
- Popping, clicking or locking of the jaw and/or joints
- Pain in front of the ears, that worsens with chewing, opening or closing of your mouth
- Earaches and/or ringing in the ears
- Teeth not aligning correctly
If you are experiencing any number of the aforementioned following symptoms, please contact our office today. We are happy to evaluate your condition with a specific referral from your qualified processional if more conservative therapies have failed. The surgical procedure options in which our doctors specialize include Arthrocentesis, Discectomy and Total Joint Replacement.