TMJ Treatment Phoenix

TMJ Procedures The temporomandibular joints or TMJ's are located near the ear, at the top of the lower jaw. These joints allow for movement of the lower jaw.

TMJ disorders are caused by injury to this joint due to trauma, arthritis or wear and tear from habits such as clenching or grinding of the teeth at night. These disorders may produce some of the following symptoms:

  • Earaches
  • Misalignment of the jaws
  • Headaches
  • Clicking or grating noises with jaw movement
  • Pain opening or closing the mouth
  • Facial imbalance
  • Limited opening of the jaws

Not all jaw discomfort is the result of a TMJ disorder.  In many cases, stress causes tension in the muscles in the jaw, resulting in symptoms similar to those characteristic of a TMJ disorder. Special imaging studies may be needed to properly diagnose TMJ problems and create a plan for correction.

 

Treatment

 

Treatment of TMJ disordersThe type of treatment is dependent on the specific diagnosis and severity of the damage to the joint. Treatment for TMJ disorders may include:

  • Medications for pain and muscle relaxation
  • A bite guard or "splint"
  • Stress management of biofeedback therapy
  • Open surgical repair of the joint
  • Arthroscopic surgical repair (minimally invasive surgery)

TJM Problem Questionnaire