TMJ: Facts and Information on Treatments Available

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TMJ is another name for the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that hinges the jaw. When you suffer from the TMJ disorder, you experience pain, discomfort and limited function in the joint and have trouble opening and closing the mouth. If you are a victim of this problem, you’re likely looking for a treatment that can help. Our dentist, Dr. Arjun Patel, is happy to tell you all about the treatments available for the TMJ disorder, which are:

-Taking medications prescribed by your dentist, like muscle relaxants, analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs

-Using a bite guard when you sleep to protect your teeth and jaw from bruxism

-Physical therapy

-Eating softer foods

-Strengthening the jaw muscles

-Heating the jaws with heating packs

-BOTOX® injections

-Using relaxation techniques

-Arthrocentesis, which involves your dentist inserting small needles into the jaw to remove debris and inflammatory byproducts as well as irrigate fluid in the area

-TMJ arthroscopy, which involves your dentist surgically repairing the jaw

-Modified condylotomy, which involves your dentist repairing the mandible rather than the joint itself

-Open-joint surgery, which involves your dentist repairing or replacing the joint

For more information and details about the TMJ disorder in Atlanta, Georgia, please contact our dental team at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is reach out to Quest Orthodontics at 470-440-7330 and we will be happy to give you the answers and help you need. We look forward to your phone call!