Does an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Treat TMJ Disorders?

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
3D rendered xray of a skull with the TMJ highlightedTMJ or temporomandibular joint disorders are conditions that affect the jaw joint. The TMJ connects your jaw or mandibular to the skull. It has various functions, including opening and closing the mouth. It also helps in biting, chewing, and yawning. TMJ disorders impede these functions, making it difficult to chew, eat, or speak. Fortunately, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can help treat this condition through various surgical procedures.

Types of TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders vary depending on the underlying cause. The three primary types of TMJ disorders include myofascial pain, internal derangement, and degenerative joint disorder. Myofascial pain causes discomfort in the jaw muscles, while internal derangement results in a discolated jaw or a displaced disc. Degenerative TMJ disorder causes inflammation in the jaw joint.

Causes of TMJ Disorders

You can get TMJ disorders for several reasons. Facial trauma is one of the primary causes of TMJ dysfunction. Other causes include jaw injuries, capsular inflammation, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, teeth grinding, and fibromyalgia.

TMJ Symptoms

The symptoms of TMJ disorders vary from patient to patient. They also depend on the underlying causes. Common symptoms include facial and jaw pain, limited jaw motion, a locked or clicking jaw, and misaligned jaws. Some people experience headaches, ringing ears, and tired facial muscles. You may also notice swelling along the affected jaw or have difficulty chewing or talking.

Treatment Options for TMJ Disorders

Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon can diagnose TMJ disorders through dental X-rays and physical examinations. MRIs and CT scans can also help diagnose TMJ dysfunction. Treatment options include open-joint surgery and arthrocentesis. You may need a bone graft if your jawbone has significant bone loss. We may also recommend dental implants to replace lost teeth resulting from TMJ disorders.

Contact Our Practice Today

TMJ dysfunction can cause immense discomfort and tenderness in your jaws and the surrounding muscles. Our professional oral and maxillofacial surgeons can diagnose and treat all types of TMJ disorders. Contact us today with questions or to book an appointment with our team.

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