Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are easily identified by the presence of pain and tenderness in a person’s jawbone and the muscles that are utilized in controlling the jaw’s movement. There are many possible causes of such disorders, including genetics, arthritis, jaw injury and excessive clenching or grinding. Fortunately, many cases of TMJ disorders are temporary, and surgical treatment is usually not required.
Our practice provides examinations for patients who are displaying the signs and symptoms of a TMJ disorder. When checking for a TMJ disorder, the following steps are usually completed:
- Listening to the jawbone and feeling it as it is moved
- Measuring the jaw’s range of motion
- Having the patient identify any areas of discomfort that are associated with the jaw
Often, the pain that comes with a TMJ disorder will go away on its own. More severe cases may require some sort of medical intervention in order to alleviate the discomfort. If it is determined that you are indeed suffering from a TMJ disorder, you may be prescribed one or more of the following:
- Pain Medication
- Muscle Relaxants
- Physical Therapy
- Mouth Guards
- Injection Therapy
If you would like more information about TMJ disorders, please call us at 305-548-8712 to schedule an appointment.