The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small part on each side of your head that connects your jawbone to your skull. This joint allows you to talk and eat as it links your two jaw bones and the teeth that are embedded in them, helping them open and close like a hinge.
TMJ disorders (TMD) are known to cause disruption to the muscles that control your jaw movement and can result in severe pain. Sometimes the cause of TMD can be hard to diagnose because it can stem from a combination of factors such as genetics, arthritis, or injury.
Here at Ralhan Dental, we can help you determine the root of your pain and find you immediate and effective relief for your possible disorder.
Since there are a number of potential causes of a TMJ related health problem, such as an accident, bad bite, repetitive strain injury, mental stress, or trauma, Dr. Ralhan and our team want to ensure you receive a proper diagnosis before seeking TMD treatment.
Possible symptoms you may notice that are common signs of TMJ disorder include:
Dr. Ralhan may be the first the recognize your symptoms and if he suspects you’re suffering from the disorder, he’ll perform a proper diagnosis through dental x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. He’ll then use the data from these technologies to map out the alignment of your jaw joint so that the degree of misalignment can be accurately measured and treated properly.
After Dr. Ralhan has officially diagnosed you with TMJ disorder, he’ll suggest a series of treatment options depending on the severity of your condition. Some of these safe and highly-effective treatments include:
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, please call our office as soon as possible. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Ralhan can help diagnose and discuss a treatment plan that is right for you. Before you know it, you’ll be living pain-free after just a few days of using our oral appliances or by trying out one of our simple, at-home remedies.