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TMJ TMD
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a hinge-like structure that slides and rotates up and down, back, forward, and sideways. It is located at the front side of the ear connecting the lower mandible (jaw) to the side and lower temporal (skull) bones. It allows for articulation of the jawbone while talking, eating, yawning, and other synchronized jaw movements. The structure consists of tissues, ligaments, nerves, and an articulation disk. TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a dysfunction or disease of the TMJ and occurs when the joint muscles are inflamed. The irritation caused may be severe and persistent or temporary. Visit us at Jeffrey Carl DMD to ease your jaw joint pain.

Signs and Causes of TMD

TMD is mostly caused by injury to the jawbone, facial and neck tissue, or surrounding region, causing inflammation and soreness. Trauma to these regions may dislodge the disk or cause a fracture. Individuals diagnosed with bruxism - extreme clenching, and grinding of the teeth, may suffer from TMD due to the amount of pressure on the jaw joint for some time. Diseases like arthritis may cause the jaw joint to lock or irritate. Stress is also a significant cause of the disease as it causes one to tighten the facial muscles and clench their teeth involuntarily. Symptoms of TMD often include severe pain and distress, which could be temporary and ease up after a while or be persistent. You are also likely to feel soreness and tenderness in the jaw, neck, face, and shoulders, especially when you speak, eat, or move your jaw. A clicking or grating sound may also ensue when you open and close the jaw, and this might be painless or not. Swelling and a locked jaw are also some common signs of the disease. You might also experience pain in the head, ears, or shoulders. Toothaches, and tingling and hearing problems are also symptoms.

Surgical Treatments for TMD

Surgery is always the last option for treatment for TMJ disorder and results when therapeutic, clinical medicine, and physical therapies do not resolve the condition. There are three surgical corrections for TMD: arthrocentesis, arthroscopy, and open joint surgery. Arthrocentesis is used to treat locked jaw for first-time patients of TMD. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and needles are inserted into the joint area to rid it of inflamed tissue or dislodge or unstick the standard disk and wash it out. It is minimally invasive. Arthroscopy refers to the procedure where the dentist, using a unique lens, light, and tools, makes a minimal incision on the side of the ear, examines the joint and surrounding tissue for inflamed tissue, and removes it. The dentist may also align the dislodged joint and then stitch it up. The surgery leaves just a tiny scar, and the patient recovers from it quickly. An open-jaw joint surgery may be necessary depending on the cause of the disease. Reasons could include a severely worn-down jaw joint bone, presence of tumors or cysts in the region, or bone chips due to scarring, possibly caused by trauma. The surgery is done under general anesthesia, and the entire jaw joint area is opened up to access the jaw joint better. Visit our professionals at Jeffrey Carl DMD to help you ease your jaw discomfort or reach us through (541) 918-2361.
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