Dental Treatments For Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

What Is The Temporomandibular Joint?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the area directly in front of the ear on either side of the head where the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) connect. TMJ involves conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint, jaw muscles and nerves on one or both sides of the head that result in jaw, face, and head and neck pain.  The TMJ is used throughout the day to move the jaw, for biting and chewing, talking, yawning. It’s one of the most frequently used joints if the body.

Symptoms Associated With TMJ Disorder May Be:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Earache ( Particularly in the morning)
  • Hearing loss
  • Migraine ( Particularly in the morning)
  • Dull, aching pain in the face
  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening closing the mouth

What Causes Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) Disorder?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) symptoms can be an effect of trauma such as a car accident (whiplash for example) an injury to the joint, improper alignment of the jaw and teeth, vigorous chewing, prolonged dental work, clenching or grinding of the teeth, especially while sleeping, can also cause or aggravate symptoms.

What Can a Dentist Do For Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?

The pain and discomfort caused by TMJ may be severe, can be either intermittent or constant, and may last for many years. Symptoms may recur during stressful times, whether good or bad. There are some steps to take to help relieve some of your pain such as, moist heat, ice, soft diet, jaw exercise, relaxation techniques, relax facial musical, and sleep on your side.

A Family Dentist may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments. If you or anyone you know suffers from TMJ or any type of facial or neck pain, we can likely relieve your systems naturally, without the use of drugs or surgery. Please contact a Family Dentistry for more information.

New Operating Guidelines

During the COVID-9 pandemic, the wellbeing of our staff and patients is our highest priority. For this reason, we have implemented several changes in order to support a safe and healthy environment.

— If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-9 or any other illness, please reschedule your appointment. Dental appointments will be spaced in a manner that allows for proper social distancing between patients.

— When you arrive at the office, please remain in your car, call our office to let us know you are here, and a staff member will come out to meet you. The staff member will take your temperature with a no-touch thermometer and ask some COVID-19 screening questions. We request that you remain in your car until we call to let you know that your chair is ready.

— Please arrive at your appointment wearing your own mask. If you do not have a mask, we can provide one.

— Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the office.

— We ask that patients do not bring others with them into the office, unless you are a parent or guardian of a patient who is a minor or has special needs. If you need to accompany a patient to the door, you will then be asked to wait in your vehicle or outside the office during their appointment.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this difficult time, and we look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

George Rizkalla, DDS Team

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