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If you experience a clicking sound or pain when you chew, you may have a TMJ disorder. Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint where your skull and your jaw meet. When the joint and the chewing muscles do not work together correctly and you experience symptoms, it is important to seek treatment as this could lead to a more serious condition.
Unfortunately, no one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely. However, the skilled surgeons at CVOS Oral Surgery will work to reduce your symptoms and relieve your pain so that your life may return to normal.
TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. Some of the most common include:
Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, a clicking or grating noise when you open your mouth, or trouble opening your mouth wide.
How do you know if you have a TMJ disorder? While a conclusive diagnosis can only be provided by properly trained oral healthcare professionals, such as the doctors at CVOS Oral Surgery, here is a list of common indicators:
Your TMJ treatment begins with a thorough evaluation of your symptoms, history, and an examination of the affected area. Once your diagnosis is confirmed, a treatment plan for your condition will be developed to relieve joint pain and muscle spasms.
In addition to the steps taken by your CVOS doctor, the successful treatment of your disorder will take time and your consistent attention to self-care. You play an integral role in your treatment process:
In some cases, stress management practices and the use of a splint (e.g. a nightguard) may also be recommended as part of your treatment.
A common question among TMJ patients is, “will I need surgery?”
The doctors at CVOS Oral Surgery typically will not consider TMJ surgery unless your jaw can’t open, is dislocated and nonreducible, has severe degeneration, or you have undergone appliance treatment unsuccessfully in the past.
To receive your initial consultation with one of our oral surgeons, please contact your family dentist and ask to be referred.