TMJ Treatment Phoenix

TMJ Procedures The temporomandibular (TMJ) joints are located near the ear, at the top of the lower jaw. These joints allow movement of the jaw.

TMJ disorders are caused by injury to this joint due to injury, arthritis or habits such as grinding the teeth at night. These disorders may produce some of the following symptoms:
  • Earaches
  • Poor alignment of the jaw
  • Headaches
  • Clicking or grating noises with jaw movement
  • Pain opening or closing the mouth
  • Eliminating a facial imbalance
  • Limited movement of the jaw

Not all discomfort of the jaw is the result of a TMJ disorder. In many cases, stress causes the muscles in the jaw to tense, resulting in symptoms similar to those characteristic of a TMJ disorder. Special imaging techniques may be needed to properly diagnose jaw problems and correct them accordingly.


Treatment

Dr. Day: TMJ TreatmentThe necessary course of treatment is dependent on the specific diagnosis and severity of the damage to the joint. Treatment for TMJ disorders include:

  • Medications for pain and muscle relaxation
  • A bite plate or splint
  • Stress management
  • Surgical repair of the joint
  • Pain opening or closing the mouth
  • Arthroscopic surgical repair (minimally invasive surgery)

TJM Problem Questionnaire