TMJ: Surgery is Required
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders develop as a result
of the jaw joints and the chewing muscles are out of joint. Injuries to the jaw
as well as arthritis can cause damage to these joints, preventing them from
working correctly. Symptoms include:
- Pain or a clicking sound
- A popping, or locking of the jaw when you open your
- A stiffness or soreness around the jaw
After an initial
consultation, if our surgeons determine you suffer from TMJ, initial treatment
will involve immediate muscle relief with the use of a pain reliever or
anti-inflammatory. Other forms of stress management involve physical therapy or
the use of a temporary plastic appliance known as a splint that moves your jaw
forward relieving pressure from your jaw.
In some cases surgery, such as arthoscopy and open joint repair, are required to produce optimal results. The
main goal at our office is to assess your pain and provide you with treatment
that will enable you to have a healthier, pain-free jaw.
If you live in or around Austin
and you think you may
suffer from TMJ, call our offices or fill out an appointment request form to
schedule a consultation today. Our dental surgeons will gladly answer any
questions that you may have.
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