The temporomandibular joint (much more easily referred to as TMJ) is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. It’s what allows you to open your mouth to chew, talk and yawn.
Problems with the TMJ in Ohio can result in a TMD (temporomandibular disorder), which can make it difficult to do something as ordinary as eating your breakfast.
How to Know if You Have a TMD
Pain from a TMD can be temporary, or can last for many years. They are most common with people in their twenties to forties, and tend to affect women more often than men. Some common symptoms associated with a TMJ disorder include:
Discomfort when chewing, speaking or opening your mouth
Inability to open mouth wide without pain
A clicking or grating sound when the jaw moves
Headaches or dizziness
Tinnitis (a constant ringing in the ears)
Determining whether or not you have a TMD can be tricky because many of the symptoms can be caused by other conditions as well. Seeing a board-certified
oral surgeon can help to make a correct diagnosis.
Causes of TMD
TMJ disorder symptoms can be sparked by several different causes. Injury such as hard impact or whiplash may result in TMD. However, TMD has also been
linked to grinding of the teeth, arthritis of the TMJ in Ohio, and even stress which may cause a person to tighten nearby muscles or clench their teeth.
Local TMJ Disorder Treatments
There are several different TMD treatments
that can get your jaw feeling back to normal.
Once your oral surgeon has made a correct diagnosis, treatment options include arthrocentesis (injections), arthroscopy (an endoscopic treatment), and
open-joint surgery. Some people may even benefit from Botox injections
which may relax jaw muscles enough to alleviate pain from a TMJ disorder.
To find a solution for your TMJ disorder in Medina, Ohio, click the button below to schedule a consultation with Dr. Quereshy at the Visage Surgical