What is the TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects the lower skull to the jaw. Over time, and due to certain conditions, the TMJ can become damaged or may stop working correctly. This may cause the patient pain, discomfort, and difficulty when opening and closing their mouth fully. If you’re experiencing TMJ-related pain, it’s important to be seen right away to begin treatment. Treatment of TMJ problems can prevent the issue from getting worse, and can restore your quality of life.
Why would you need treatment for TMJ problems?
When there is a dysfunction concerning the temporomandibular joint, treatment is necessary to restore the function of the joint and reduce discomfort and pain. As with any other joint of the body, many patients experience TMJ pain, swelling, and a decrease in mobility when opening and closing their mouths. Most people can tell if they’re experiencing problems with the TMJ. For example, you may hear clicking, popping, or cracking when opening and closing your jaw, or it might be tender, inflamed, and painful.
What makes you a candidate for TMJ treatment?
While you can probably tell that you’re having an issue with your TMJ, you still need to come in for an exam and consultation. Imaging may be required to see if there is any damage to the joint, and understand the extent of problem in the joint. Surgery may be required for more advanced cases, but there are many other treatment options to fit your needs. Dr. Bassiri works to listen to and feel the TMJ to check for signs of dysfunction, and will then devise a treatment plan specific to your needs.
What can you expect with TMJ treatment?
There are many treatment options available for TMJ dysfunction. Some are more geared towards advanced problematic joint dysfunction, while others are better suited to those who are just starting to have problems. No matter which treatment is necessary, you’ll need to first come in for an exam and consultation with Dr. Bassiri. Some of the most common TMJ treatment options include:
The key to any TMJ treatment is to restore order to the joint, and to reduce the pain and swelling that you’re currently experiencing. You are in total control of your treatment option, so you may want to try something less drastic first, before going for injections or surgery. Dr. Bassiri is here to help you decide which treatment is best suited to your health and needs.