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.

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