What is TMJ?

tmdTMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint. It is the joint in front of the ear. Pain in the temporomandibular joint can significantly compromise your quality of life. TMJ pain occurs when there is damage to the joint, most often caused by stress, trauma or other injury to the joint.

If you experience any of the following symptoms or signs, you may be suffering from TMJ:

  • Clicking, popping, locking and/or soreness just in front of the ear
  • Sore jaw muscles, especially when you wake up in the morning
  • Headaches
  • Facial pain that radiates to the neck and shoulders
  • Neck pain
  • Clicking of the joints
  • Tooth grinding or clenching
  • Difficulty opening your mouth or chewing food
  • Lock jaw or limited range of motion
  • Jaw pain or earache

How is TMJ treated?

Dr. Mikhail’s primary goal is to give TMJ relief by determining the cause of the joint problem, and by developing a treatment plan that works for you.

Dr. Mikhail’s primary therapy for TMJ often includes splints or retainers of various designs that help relieve stress on the joint, reduce muscle hyperactivity and reduce clenching and grinding habits. Occasionally, this may be followed with bite adjustment, orthodontics or restorative dentistry, if needed.

Don’t Ignore TMJ Symptoms!

If TMJ problems are ignored, you may experience increasing chronic pain and discomfort over time. You may also experience reduced jaw mobility and an inability to function normally.

What to expect during and after TMJ treatment

TMJ therapy is most successful when initiated at an early stage of discomfort. This is especially true if there is minimal damage to the jaw joints. If symptoms are treated early, Dr. Mikhail Pain can normally reduce the pain associated with muscle and bite issues from TMJ in a very short time.

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