Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are serious problems related to the jaw joint. These problems can cause discomfort, stiffness, and pain. That's why it's crucial to seek immediate treatment if you experience any issues with your jaw.
At TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre, our dental office offers solutions to help you find relief from your TMJ. Our jaw specialist Oak Park is passionate about helping you find the proper treatment for your TMJ pain.
Signs You Need To See A Jaw Specialist
TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) disorders develop for many reasons. If you're feeling any of the following signs, you need to see our jaw specialist.
- Regular neck aches or headaches
- Teeth meet differently
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Stress makes your pain and clenching worse
- Pain gets more serious when you clench your teeth
- Pain when you open your mouth, or yawn
- Injury to your jaws, neck, or head
- Teeth no longer touch when you bite
- Problems with joints such as arthritis
- Hard to eat or bite using your front teeth
- Teeth sensitive, broken, loose, or worn
- Wake up with sore, and stiff muscles near your jaws
- When you open your mouth, you feel jaw grate, click, pop, catch or lock.
What Can Our Jaw Specialist Do For You?
Treatment starts with conservative options aimed at helping you manage and relieve your pain. We try to relieve your jaw pain through a self-care regimen of soft foods, warm compresses, and over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
After implementing self-care treatments, our jaw specialist will thoroughly examine your jaw to design a treatment plan. Our specialist might try some of the following options.
Mouthguards of varying degrees of softness may be used to treat TMJ. It helps to align the jaw and prevent more damage from this condition.
A severely inflamed TMJ may benefit from a cortisone shot injection to decrease swelling and pain in your jaw. Some patients also get relief from injections of botulinum toxin type A.
This treatment method involves using thin tubes to perform minimally invasive treatment of the joint. This treatment varies and depends on what the specialist sees when they examine your jaw.
This TMJ treatment method involves using small needles inserted into the joint to drain any accumulated fluid. This surgical option is only appropriate for severe cases when other treatments options have failed.
This surgery is carried out on the lower jawbone, not the actual temporomandibular joint. This may happen if there's damage to the mandible.
Open joint surgery
Our jaw specialist will only discuss this surgery after exhausting all other options. This surgery is only done in severe cases.
Schedule An Appointment With Our Oak Park Jaw Specialist
If jaw pain has been troubling you, we are happy to help you identify the cause and correct the issue. Contact us today at 805-496-5700/310-401-0813 to schedule an appointment and learn more about how TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre can help with jaw pain!