TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to the complex jaw joint. These symptoms occur when the joints of the jaw and the surrounding chewing muscles (muscles of mastication) do not work together as they should. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment is important.
If your TMJ disorder has caused problems with how your teeth fit together, you may need treatment such as bite adjustment (equilibration), orthodontics with or without jaw reconstruction, or restorative dental work.
Surgical options such as arthroscopy and open joint repair restructuring are sometimes needed, but are reserved for severe cases. TMJ surgery is not considered unless the jaw can’t open, is dislocated, has severe degeneration, pain affecting the your quality of life, or you have undergone appliance treatment unsuccessfully.
Contact our office for more information about the TMJ treatment options we can provide.