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TMJ Treatment

TMJ Treatment

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) allows the jaw to move as it does — open, closed, and side to side. You can feel your TMJ by placing two fingers in front of your ears as you open and close your mouth. When the TMJ does not function the way that it should, TMJ disorder occurs, causing pain to the joint and surrounding muscles.

TMJ Disorder Symptoms

Patients can experience TMJ disorder in many different ways. You may find that you experience just one of the symptoms below, all of them, or something in between. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have a TMJ disorder:

  • Unexplained pain in the muscles of the face
  • Ear or jaw pain
  • Popping/clicking/grating noises upon opening or closing the mouth
  • Difficulty opening the mouth completely
  • Trouble chewing foods
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Pain or ringing in the ear
  • Hearing loss

Just like the symptoms of TMJ vary, the cause of TMJ can stem from a variety of conditions, including

  • Arthritis
  • Jaw injury
  • Grinding or clenching teeth
  • Displaced or perforated disk

An oral surgeon can diagnose TMJ disorders and recommend a treatment plan given your condition and symptoms. The initial goal of successful TMJ treatment is to alleviate the pain. A pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, or muscle relaxant may be prescribed to relieve the muscle spasm and provide comfort. Steroids may also be applied to the area. Many successful TMJ treatments include continuous self-care treatments at home, including

  • Resting the jaw
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Specific jaw exercises
  • Eating soft and easy to chew foods
  • Keeping mouth slightly open when not swallowing or eating
  • Posture improvement

Treatment of a TMJ disorder is experienced over time for maximum effects. When you come to Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants for TMJ treatment, Dr. Boynton or Dr. McMahon will work with you to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during the course of your treatment. Please call our office in Sonoma or Napa, CA, if you are experiencing any signs of a TMJ disorder.