I have TMJ. What do I do?
The term TMJ is often misused. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint.
This is the same as if you say you have an elbow or a knee. We all have
TMJ. What you may have is called TMD or temporomandibular joint dysfunction/disorder.
If you suffer from the symptoms of TMD, you may or may not be aware of
the underlying cause. Fortunately, this condition is something that our
oral surgeons at Sacramento Surgical Arts, PC can treat effectively. These
symptoms can range in severity, from light or mild discomfort to debilitating
discomfort which can disrupt your everyday life. In our office, we consider
that the well-being and comfort of our patients is of utmost importance
to us, so we go to great lengths to provide you with proper diagnosis
and having pain relief. Whether you experience mild discomfort or very
severe, consistent pain and difficulty, you should not wait before making
an appointment as the problem/cause may continue to get worse.
If you have ever injured your head, neck, or jaw, or suffer from arthritis
in other joints, you are at a higher risk for temporomandibular joint
dysfunction. Our oral surgeons have the knowledge, skill, and experience
to test, diagnose, and put together a workable plan to treat the cause
of TMJ from a non-surgical approach to a surgical solution.
There are a number of reasons to treat TMJ, including:
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Waking up with stiff, sore jaw muscles
- Frequent neck or headaches
- Pain and clenched teeth
- Clicking, grating, popping, or locking jaw
- Difficulty eating or opening your mouth
- Malocclusion (teeth not fitting together the way they are supposed to).
- Sensitive, broken, worn, or loose teeth
What are non-surgery options?
Our surgeons part: The initial goal is to relieve the muscle spasm and joint pain. This is
usually accomplished with a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory (steroids),
or muscle relaxants.
Your part (Self-care):
- Rest the jaw
- Keeping your tongue between your teeth or keep your teeth apart.
- Eat soft foods
- Apply ice and heat as directed by our surgeon.
- Practicing good posture
If you are experiencing any of these types of symptoms, you should make
an appointment to receive a diagnosis.
Make an appointment
with our team: Call (844) 673-9131.