Do you have a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problem or TMD (temporomandibular disorder)? If you think you might have an issue with your jawbone, it’s important to talk to our dentists near you. At Dental Care of Morristown, we can help with TMJ and TMD with a variety of treatment options.
In order to get TMJ/TMD treatment in Morristown, you will need to show some of the symptoms of TMJ/TMD. If you don’t have the following signs, you might have another issue. Regardless, you should talk to our dentists in Morristown to get a diagnosis and receive treatment.
TMJ/TMD is diagnosed by our dentists examining your jaw. Our dentists may look and listen as you open and close your mouth. They will look at the range of motion in your jaw, as well as locate pain and discomfort in the jaw.
Then, you may need X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs.
Depending on how severe your specific case is, treatment may be basic or more involved. There are treatments that range from medications to surgeries. You may need one or more treatments at the same time, or your symptoms could go away on their own.
You might start by taking over-the-counter pain medications, but you may need prescription-strength pain relievers. Antidepressants are sometimes used to help with pain and bruxism control. Muscle relaxants may be used if your TMJ is caused by muscle spasms.
Physical therapy, oral splints, and mouth guards can help to relieve the pain and prevent TMJ disorders from returning. Some patients may do well with counseling as a way to avoid factors that increase the risk of TMJ disorders.
The following procedure may be useful if the above methods don’t work:
Arthrocentesis – Small needles are inserted into the joint to remove debris and reduce inflammation.
Injections – Injections can be used in the jaw muscles to relieve pain.
There are also a few surgeries that can help with TMJ/TMD, including TMJ arthroscopy, modified condylotomy, and open-joint surgery. Our dentists can recommend the best option for your specific needs.
For more information about TMJ/TMD treatment near you, contact Dental Care of Morristown. Our friendly dentists in Morristown would be happy to help you!