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If you have symptoms of pain or tenderness in a temporomandibular joint, you’ll be glad to know that these problems can easily be diagnosed and treated than they were in the past.

Temporomandibular Joint

If you have symptoms of pain or tenderness in a temporomandibular joint, you’ll be glad to know that these problems can easily be diagnosed and treated than they were in the past.

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder is a hereditary disease related to your jaw joint. If you have symptoms of pain or grafting sensation, you’ll be glad to know that these problems can easily be diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Jaw pain may occur on one side or both sides usually happen when the joints of the jaw and the chewing muscles do not work together correctly. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge, present on each side of the head in front of the ear and connects the temporal bones of skull with your jaw and also join the lower jaw (Mandible) with the upper jaw (Maxilla). TMJ problems require early detection and treatment because it may lead to a serious condition.

TMJ issues are tricky, disorders cannot resolve instantly from any treatment, and the procedure takes time to become effective. Our extensive experienced TMJ dentist team will help you to overcome pain from TMJ, headaches, tenderness or swelling in the face or jaw in San Diego and help you to get a healthier and more comfortable jaw.

Trouble with your jaw?

TMJ disorders occur for many reasons. It happens when something goes wrong with your jaw joint and jaw muscle. You might grind or clench your teeth, tighten and stress your jaw muscles and TM joint. Sometimes, it occurs due to injury in jaw joint or inflammation such as with arthritis or overuse. TMJ disorder can directly damage the muscle ligaments. As a result, the cartilage disk can shift away, which functions as a “cushion” of the jaw joint. TMJ disorder may lead to misaligned teeth, and when you open your mouth, it may cause pain, or make a clicking or grating noise.

Do You Have a TMJ Disorder?

  • Do you have a habit of clenching or grinding of teeth?
  • Do you wake up due to stiff and injured muscles of jaws?
  • Do you have constant headaches or neck aches?
  • Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
  • Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
  • Does your jaw click, pop, grate, or lock when you open your mouth?
  • Is it difficult to open your mouth, eat, or yawn?
  • Have your neck, head or jaws ever injured?
  • Have you had arthritis problems with your joints?
  • Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
  • Do your teeth often meet differently?
  • Is it hard to bite or tear food from your front teeth?
  • Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?
  • If you answered “yes” more time, then you have more chances of TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help to perceive its treatment.

TMJ Surgery Overview

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TMJ Treatment

Numerous possibilities are used for the treatment of TMJ disorder. Dr. Tran utilizes them to improve the balance and function of your jaw. Once an assessment diagnoses the TMJ disorder, Dr. Tran will inform you about the proper course of treatment. Remember that treatment is always beneficial with a team approach of self-care combined with professional care.
Our main aim is to resolve all the issues of muscle spasms and joint pain. It is usually practiced with a painkiller, anti-inflammatory, or muscle relaxant. Steroids can be inserted directly to reduce pain and swelling of your joints. Self-care treatments are always imperative and may include:

  • Relaxing your jaws
  • Keeping your teeth distant when you are not eating
  • Eating soft foods
  • Applying ice and heat
  • Exercising your jaw
  • Practicing good position

Stress management techniques such as physical therapy as well as a temporary, clear plastic appliance known as a splint are also recommended. A splint or (nightguard) fixed on your top or bottom teeth will help to keep your teeth apart and enable you to stop clenching or grinding your teeth. As a result, the muscles are relaxed, and pain is reduced. It also helps to insulate the cartilage and joint surfaces. There are various types of appliances used for many purposes. Anterior repositioning appliance can reduce the joint pain by decreasing pressure from your jaws, and also helps in the repositioning of a disk. It may be worn for 24 hours to improve your jaw heal. An orthotic stabilization appliance aids to move your jaw into proper position. Appliances also help in the protection of tooth wear.

What about bite correction or surgery?

You may need treatment such as bite equilibration, orthodontics, or restorative dental work if your TMJ disorder affects your teeth alignment or fitness. Several Surgical treatments, such as arthroscopy and open joint repair restructuring are reserved for severe cases. Dr. Tran does not ponder TMJ surgery unless the jaw can’t open, is dislocated and non-reducible, has a severe degenerative disorder, or the patient has undergone unsuccessful appliance treatment.

Our TMJ specialists will work closely with you in San Diego CA to determine the TMJ treatment plan that fulfills and well suited to your individual needs

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