Nothing about our bodies are simple and the jaw joint is no different. The joint, called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is in charge of many functions such as the way your lower jaw moves allowing you to bite and chew. When the TMJ is not functioning correctly, this can lead to many problems with the teeth, muscles, soft tissues, hard tissues, and nerves. If this does occur, there is a constant pressure that is put on the jaw bones, nerves and muscles. This can cause pain that radiates along the jaw, head, neck, and ear. The result of this strain exists because our bodies are programed to try and put the joint back into balance in a more restful position, which can at times cause even more pressure on the joint, creating more pain and discomfort. The collection of these symptoms is known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Common Symptoms of TMD
While every case is different, many common signs and symptoms exist for the patient who is suffering from TMD. The most common symptoms are listed below:
If you are experiencing any or a combination of these, please consult your dentist for a proper diagnosis and possible treatment to relieve you from this condition.
Treatment of TMJ Disorder
There is no standard treatment for the TMJ patient. Each case requires a diagnosis and treatment plan that is unique for each condition of the joint. Some of the treatment options are simple and while others are more complex. After your initial consultation with Dr. Mauck or Dr. Ricci, the information gathering begins. The evaluation of the teeth, gums, muscles, and the joint itself consists of a clinical exam as well as x-rays that can include an iCat Cone Beam Image of the joint itself. This allows a highly detailed 3-D image of the joint and evaluation of its current health.
If you are experiencing TMJ Disorder, Dr. Mauck and Dr. Ricci are glad to help you resolve your symptoms. Call our Denver office and ask how we can help you today.