Oral surgeons, such as Dr. Davis and Dr. Woodford at Atlantic Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Centre, are experts at diagnosing TMJ disorders and forming treatment plans to relieve the tension in the jaw. If you are experiencing TMJ pain or tenseness and you live near St. John’s, NL, feel free to contact our office to learn more about TMJ treatment or schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.
TMJ disorders refer to a group of conditions that affect the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. The TMJ itself (also known as the temporomandibular joint) is located where the skull meets the lower jaw—just in front of the ears. You can feel the TMJs moving by placing two fingers just in front of your ears and opening and closing your mouth. Sometimes TMJ disorders will disappear on their own, but in more serious cases, lifestyle changes must be made or other treatments performed to solve TMJ issues.
TMJ Disorder Symptoms
Problems with the TMJ can cause pain or difficulty when opening your mouth or using your jaw. The exact cause of TMJ disorders is not known, but many symptoms can contribute to a diagnosis. A few of the most common TMJ symptoms include the following:
- Radiating pain in the jaw and chewing muscles
- Pain or tenseness around the neck and face
- Limited jaw movement or jaw tightness (locking of the jaw)
- Changes in the alignment of the teeth
- Uncomfortable clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when fully opening the jaw
TMJ pain can often be treated without the need for surgery or other more invasive treatments. Lifestyle changes such as resting the jaw in an open state and improving posture often help with TMJ issues. Sometimes your doctor can prescribe medication to relax the muscles or ease pain associated with TMJ disorders. Physical therapy is also sometimes successful at relieving TMJ symptoms.
For severe cases of TMJ, where lifestyle changes, physical therapy, and other treatments are unsuccessful, surgery may be necessary. Oral surgeons undergo years of training to understand the balance between the facial muscles, bones, joints, and other structures. If you need treatment for TMJ disorders, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
TMJ Surgery in St. John’s, NL
When TMJ disorders interfere with your daily life and do not respond to other forms of treatment, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Davis or Dr. Woodford can perform a full consultation and exam to determine the best course of treatment for your condition. To learn more about TMJ treatment at our practice, contact our office in St. John’s, NL.