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TMJ


Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are diseases or complications of the jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints of the jaw, and the nerves and tissues associated with chronic facial pain. It is not clear what the exact cause of TMD is, but research has shown that it could be a combination of many factors, such as arthritis, jaw injury or trauma, and genetics. The pain lingers on for a short while in most situations, and the discomfort can be relieved through self-care, over-the-counter medications, and other non-invasive procedures. However, some patients require surgery to treat this condition. For any inquiries and clarification on the treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, visit the highly qualified personnel at RJ Dental.


Symptoms of TMD and when to see a doctor


TMJ disorder can cause pain and tenderness in the jaw region, pain and discomfort in one or both of the temporomandibular joints of the jaw, unceasing pain in or around the ear region of the face making it difficult to chew or move the jaw. The disorder also causes chronic facial pain, or a jaw lock or grating, clenching, gnashing, and clicking sounds when the jaw is moved, such as chewing or yawning. Patients are recommended to see a dentist when the pain and aching are persistent, even after self-care medication is administered or when they cannot completely open or close the jaw.

Treatment for TMJ disorders


As we mentioned earlier, this condition can be treated using self-care remedies or pain medication if the pain is temporary. However, if the pain and discomfort do not cease, an invasive or surgical procedure is advised. A dentist might recommend arthrocentesis, a remotely invasive procedure that involves injecting fluid into the joint via small needles to cleanse off debris or any inflamed subsidiaries that might be causing discomfort. Corticosteroid injections placing Botox into the joint may also help relieve pain and discomfort in the joint.

A TMJ arthroscopy allows a dental surgeon to see the inside of the temporomandibular joint using a tiny camera inserted through a small cut opening on the skin. This makes it easy for the surgeon to diagnose the problem by removing and washing out inflamed debris and torn tissue or cartilage using surgical equipment. In cases where the jaw is locked, the surgeon might suggest a modified condylectomy. This procedure indirectly addresses the TMJ pain by making incisions on the mandible rather than the joint. However, open joint surgery is more invasive than other procedures and is used when other conservative approaches do not resolve the problem. Also known as arthrotomy, open joint surgery is recommended when structural factors cause the cause of TMJ pain. During this procedure, the jaw joint is exposed by making an incision. The surgeon then repairs, removes, replaces, or repositions the articular disc that cushions the joint to relieve the pain. If the disc is severely damaged, it is replaced using another artificial material that resembles the original one.

3D rendered xray of a skull with the TMJ highlighted

Alternative remedies for TMD


Other alternative cures for TMJ pain are acupuncture inserting tiny needles in specific locations in the jaw joint region. These relaxation techniques involve regular breaths to reduce, relax and relieve tense muscles that cause pain and electronic devices that monitor the tightness of these joint muscles and help a patient indulge in effective relaxation strategies. Let the professionals at RJ Dental help you relieve your pain or call us at (551) 369-2001 to book an appointment and learn about our portfolio of services.

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