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TMJ  Disorder  

The most persistently used joint in the body, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is responsible for the movement of the lower jaw (mandible). Without this joint, which connects the lower jaw with the skull, we would not be able to open our mouths to eat, chew, breathe, or talk.

woman having jaw pain

WHAT IS TMD?

TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) is characterized by headaches, earaches, pain, aching in the jaw, persistent clicking, and limited range of motion. In the event you show any of these symptoms of TMD, be sure to consult an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, as we specialize in problems involving the face and jaw. TMJ disorders may be mild to severe, short or long term. Therefore, Dr. Igou treats each patient’s situation uniquely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAUSES OF TMJ DISORDERS

  • Bruxism (grinding): Often, people grind or clench their teeth at night while they are sleeping. This involuntary activity puts an enormous amount of pressure on the joint, creating inflammation.

  • Displacement or dislocation of the disk: There is a disk in between the jawbone and the socket that can become damaged, displaced, or dislocated, causing pain.

  • Trauma: An injury to any part of the jaw can cause pain in the joint.

  • Stress: Painful spasms and trouble moving the jaw are sometimes the result of stress.

 

TREATMENT OF TMJ DISORDERS

  • Home Care

    • Soft Foods

    • Warm Moist Compresses

    • OTC Pain Medication

  • Night Guards and Splints

  • Relaxation Techniques

  • Stress Management

  • Surgical Treatment

The diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders may seem complex, but we have advanced imaging techniques at our disposal to accurately diagnose and treat your condition. Give us a call at office 580-332-3010 for more information.

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