If you experience pain or discomfort in the joint connecting your jawbone to your skull, you may have TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) disorder.
Here are some important things to know about treating this condition:
- Diagnosis: TMJ disorder is typically diagnosed through a physical examination of the jaw and head, as well as imaging tests to rule out other conditions.
- Treatment options: Treatment for TMJ disorder varies based on its severity and underlying cause. Common treatments include pain management, jaw exercises, and lifestyle modifications to reduce stress on the jaw.
- Oral appliances: Splints or mouthguards can help relieve TMJ disorder symptoms by reducing strain on the jaw joint and improving jaw alignment.
- Medications: Pain medications or muscle relaxants may be used to manage pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder. Botox injections may also be used to help relax the jaw muscles.
- Surgery: In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to treat TMJ disorder. Surgical options may include arthrocentesis or arthroscopy to remove damaged tissue or repair the joint.
Managing TMJ disorder requires a thorough diagnosis and an effective treatment plan that may include pain management, jaw exercises, oral appliances, medications, or surgery. The treatment options will depend on the severity of the condition and its underlying cause.