Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are identified by the occurrence of pain and tenderness in a person’s jawbone and the muscles used to control their jaw’s movement. TMJ disorders have many causes, such as genetics, arthritis, oral injury and excessively clenching and grinding one’s teeth. In most cases, TMJ disorders can be solved with non-surgical treatment methods.
When conducting an examination for a TMJ disorder, the following steps are typically completed:
- Feeling the jawbone as it is moved and listening for any unusual sounds
- Measuring the jaw’s range of motion and noting any limitations or restrictions that exist
- Having the patient physically identify any areas of pain or discomfort on or around their jaw when it is stationary and as it is moved
Often, the pain and discomfort associated with a TMJ disorder will go away on its own; however, more severe cases may require some medical intervention. If we determine that you are indeed suffering from a TMJ disorder, we may recommend or provide one or more of the following treatment methods.
- Pain Medication
- Muscle Relaxants
- Physical Therapy
- Mouth Guards
- Injection Treatment
If you are suffering from jaw pain and you want to find out if a TMJ disorder is the cause, please call our office at (262) 288-0678 to schedule an appointment.