Get relief from TMJ

With TMJ, you’ll experience jaw tenderness, headaches, earaches, and facial pain.

Discover the information and help you need to find relief from jaw pain, headaches, clicking, and other issues caused by TMJ. 

TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorders is a condition that affects the jaw joints and surrounding muscles and ligaments. It is usually caused by trauma, having an improper bite, arthritis, or from wear and tear. With TMJ, you’ll experience jaw tenderness, headaches, earaches, and facial pain.

TMJ Symptoms

Unfortunately, TMJ has a long list of symptoms. Which may include:

  • Jaw/Tooth pain and trouble opening your mouth wide
  • Headaches and earaches
  • Your jaw locking open or closed
  • Pain in the neck or shoulders
  • Clicking and popping sound in the jaw joint
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Your ears ringing
  • Differences in the way your teeth fit together
  • Your face swelling on the side

Treatment for TMJ or TMJ treatment 

There are a wide range of treatments for TMJ. Ranging from at home care, to types of therapy and all the way to surgery. First we’ll talk about the simpler and less complex treatments. The good news is Many of these options can work with one another to provide TMJ relief:

  • Apply wet heat or cold packs Apply an ice pack to the side of your face and temple for 10 min every day. If your healthcare provider has instructed you to do stretches for your jaw make sure to keep up with them. After stretching put a warm towel or washcloth to the side of your face for about five minutes.
  • Eat soft foods
  • Take medications Aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) or naproxen (Aleve®).
  • Wear a splint or night guard
  • Undergo corrective dental treatments Keep up with any dental treatment and replace missing teeth. Use crowns, bridges, or braces to bring your bite into proper balance and alignment.
  • Avoid extreme jaw movement

TMJ surgery 

For TMJ surgery options, you have 3 choices, they are arthrocentesis, arthroscopy and open-joint surgery. The type of surgery you get will depend on the TMJ symptoms and the complexity of the problem you have.

  • Arthrocentesis. A minor procedure that is performed in your dentist’s office. This will be your option when the jaw suddenly locks and is stuck in the closed position. This procedure is performed by needles filled with sterile fluids which are put into the affected joint where the joint is washed out.
  • Arthroscopy. For this procedure, you are given general anesthesia. It starts with a small incision in front of the ear and your surgeon will then insert a small instrument which contains a lens and light. This instrument is hooked up to a screen, allowing the surgeon to examine the affected area. From there, your surgeon may remove inflamed tissue or will realign the disc. Since arthroscopic surgery is done through very small incisions, there are hardly any scars, a much shorter recovery time, less discomfort, and less post procedure complications compared to open-joint surgery.
  • Open-joint surgery. This is also performed under general anesthesia. In open surgery, a long incision is made to insert instruments. Open-joint surgeries are necessary when:
    • The bone structures are wearing away.
    • There are tumors around TMJ.
    • Severe scarring or bone chips are in the joint.

Compared to arthrocentesis and arthroscopy, open-joint surgery has a longer healing time and is more likely to have tissue scarring. Though, there are situations in which open-joint surgery is the best option. Your dentist will help you determine which is best for you.

How to cure TMJ permanently

See your dentist and they can help guide you into getting proper treatment. TMJ dysfunction can be successfully treated. It’s always best to treat the condition early, start before symptoms worsen and complicate the matter. Contact us today if you need assistance fInding a TMJ specialist near you.