TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which is the bone structure, muscles and connective tissues that surround the jaw and control chewing. When patients experience disorders of this joint, they are said to have a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Symptoms of TMD include pain and tenderness near the jaw, as well as popping or clicking in the joint when speaking or chewing. There are many ways of treating TMJ disorders at Aesthetic Dentistry of Palm City, ranging from from non-invasive therapy to bite splints, botox therapeutic injections or surgery. Left untreated, however, TMJ disorders can lead to headaches, muscle pain, malocclusion and tooth damage from grinding or clenching. Patients have found great comfort in knowing that Drs. Tom and Shannon Galinis can offer TMJ treatments to eliminate these problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if TMJ treatment is right for me?
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Palm City, Drs. Tom and Shannon Galinis complete a comprehensive and thorough examination to properly diagnose TMJ disorder. Initial treatment is usually conservative, consisting of self-care, a bite appliance or botox therapeutic injections. Medications may also be used to relax the jaw or relieve pain. Patients who do not respond to conservative treatments may be considered for surgery or joint injections.
What should I expect if I undergo treatment for TMJ
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Palm City, TMJ treatment varies from patient to patient.
Will I need to follow any special post-care instructions while being treated for TMJ?
Your post-treatment care instructions will vary according to the type of treatment you receive. If you undergo an aggressive treatment, such as surgery, you may be temporarily subject to an all-liquid diet. You’ll also need to apply ice to the face to minimize swelling and also keep the surgical site clean and dry.