Consistent jaw pain or dysfunction can be symptoms of TMJ, a disorder of the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. TMJ or TMD is not one condition, but a variety of disorders that affect the jaw. Millions of people suffer from TMJ unnecessarily. At Paul Jang Dentistry, we offer effective general dental treatments for TMJ to relieve stress on the jaw and stop the pain and discomfort. Through a comprehensive exam, we can help determine what treatment will be the best option to relieve your pain and improve the function of your jaw.
Did you know…
that TMD alone is not a disorder, but instead a collection of disorders that affect the temporomandibular joint? It is the second most common pain-causing musculoskeletal condition in the U.S. according to the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, as many as 12 percent of Americans may suffer from some type of TMD, with women twice as likely to be affected than men. But despite the prevalence and wide availability of treatment, only one out every three people with TMD fails to seek treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if TMJ treatment is right for me?
Not everyone with jaw pain has TMJ. It is important to have an accurate diagnosis performed by a dentist before seeking treatment. Our dentist uses x-rays and a physical examination to determine whether you have TMJ and what type of treatment is best for your circumstances.
What should I expect if I undergo treatment for TMJ?
Treatment for TMJ is customized for each patient. While surgical options are a possibility, it is always better to begin with more conservative options. For some, orthodontic or dental treatments can help adjust the bite and relieve pressure on the jaw joint. Others get relief from wearing a customized bite guard. Your TMJ treatment will depend on many different factors, but the least invasive options are usually the best place to start.
Will I need to follow any special post-care instructions while being treated for TMJ?
The post-care will depend on the type of treatment you receive. You may have some lifestyle recommendations to follow for optimum results. If surgery is needed, you will receive post-care instructions before your treatment.
If you have been experiencing jaw pain, difficulty opening/closing your jaw, headaches or disturbing sounds when you move your jaw, contact Paul Jang Dentistry today to schedule an appointment for a TMJ diagnosis. We can get to the bottom of your jaw issue. If you have TMJ, we can help you explore your treatment options to get relief.