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TMJ Disorder Treatments
Are you experiencing jaw pain, clicking and popping of your jaw, headaches, or ear pain? If so, you could be living with a TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorder. There are a variety of treatment options available, and in the most severe cases, we may be called in to help.
Less severe TMJ disorders can respond well to home remedies. These can include the use of cold packs or ice and over-the-counter pain medications (anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen). Avoiding gum chewing and eating soft foods can help, as can massage, stress reduction, and relaxation techniques.
If home remedies aren't doing their job at treating your TMJ disorder symptoms, you may need help of your Dentist. A dental nightguard can be used to keep your teeth from getting damaged from grinding (Bruxism) and help lessen muscle spasms and pain from teeth grinding.
If your symptoms still persist despite the above non surgical treatments, then please contact Lehigh Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for further options.
Lehigh Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Treatment Options for TMJ Disorders:
1) Botox: Use of Botox to weaken the muscles around the TMJ will decrease the forces on the joint during clenching and grinding. It will also decrease wear on the TMJ and also result in better function and less headaches and muscle spasms. The effects of Botox last about 4 months
2) TMJ Arthroscopy: Angled scopes with a camera are inserted thru small incisions near the TMJ joint. Via this approach, adhesions that keep the disc inside the joint from functioning normally can be removed and the joint washed out to remove inflammatory mediators
3) Open joint surgery: Direct repair of the TMJ disc or bone can be addressed via this approach under General anesthesia with an incision made in front of the ear in an existing skin crease