Phoenix Oral & Facial Surgery

What Is TMJ?

treatment for TMJ & TMD in ArizonaThe temporomandibular joint or TMJ is a small joint located near the ears where the lower jaw meets the base of the skull. It allows the lower jaw to move so you can eat, talk, and function.  Temporomandibular joint disorders or TMD's are not uncommon and typically present as symptoms of jaw pain, popping or clicking, and pain with opening or closing of the mouth.  Ear pain, headaches, and limited jaw movement are also frequently seen. 

Management of TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders are caused by injury to this joint due to trauma, arthritis, or wear and tear from clenching or grinding of teeth at night. These disorders may produce the following symptoms:

  • Ear pain
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Headaches
  • Popping, clicking, or grating noises 
  • Pain with opening or closing 
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Limited opening of the jaws

The doctors at Phoenix Oral and Facial Surgery are highly experienced in the treatment of TMJ disorders.  Dr. Kim and Dr. Day are experts in the surgical management of this complex disorder.  Special tests and imaging studies may be needed to properly diagnose TMJ problems and create a plan for correction. Your surgeon will let you know what will be needed during your consultation.  

Treatment of TMJ Disorders

suffering from jaw clicking and pain from TMJThe type of treatment you may need depends on the specific diagnosis and the severity of damage to the joint. Treatment for TMJ disorders may include:

  • Medications for pain and muscle relaxation
  • Fabrication of a bite guard or "splint"
  • Injections with Botox or other neuromodulators
  • Arthrocentesis or lavage (minimally invasive surgery)
  • Open surgery to repair the joint
  • Total Joint Replacement

If you or a family member have symptoms of TMJ, please contact us at (602) 956-9560 to schedule a consultation today.

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