The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a unique structure unlike any other in the human body. It functions every time we speak, chew, and swallow. Frequent problems in the TMJ include disc displacement or perforation, jaw misalignment, arthritis, and injury.
Common signs of a TMJ disorder
- Popping, clicking, or grinding sounds when opening or closing
- Limited or difficulty opening
- Difficulty or pain when biting/chewing foods
- “Locking” of the jaw with inability to either open or close
Many TMJ disorders are successfully treated with conservative, nonsurgical measures which include mouthguards, physical therapy, ice/heat, and anti-inflammatory medication. Disorders that are more severe in nature may fail conservative management and require surgical intervention. Our surgeons will perform a comprehensive exam with multiple imaging modalities to help individualize a treatment plan.
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