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Therapy for TMJ Disorder

What is TMJ?

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.

Symptoms of TMJ 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:

Your Treatment Options for TMD

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:

  1. Medications: Pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, tricyclic antidepressants, and muscle relaxants.
  2. Oral Appliances & Splints: A small dental appliance or splint can be worn at night to realign your jaw into the right position and to help prevent your teeth from damaging each other as your mouth closes.
  3. Physical Therapy: Jaw and mouth exercises can stretch and strengthen your muscles. Also, heat and ice pressure along your jaw can help reduce pain.
  4. Surgeries: There are a number of surgeries that Dr. Palhan may recommend if your TMJ disorder is more severe that will help permanently correct the problem.

Experience Relief for Your Pain Today

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.

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