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TMJ Downey CA

What Is TMJ?

The two joints connecting your skull and the lower jaw are what we refer to as temporomandibular joints (TMJ). They serve among the complex body joints by allowing the free movement of the lower jaw either up and down, back and front, or sideways.

A fine condition between the joints and the mandible ensures comfortable yawning, speaking, chewing, and swallowing. An attack on these joints leads to temporomandibular disorders (TMD), which could hinder a smooth operation.

You can visit our dental clinic today at Downey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for further guidance, where we also provide the necessary treatments.

What is the Cause of TMJ?

There have not been clear studies to ascertain the root cause of temporomandibular disorders (TMD), although scientists believe it is from excessive straining of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). According to research by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, bruxism, genetic disorders, psychological problems, and sensory abnormalities could be the leading causes of TMD.

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ/TMD

Most people will not identify that they have TMJ/TMD problems until they experience these signs and symptoms:

•  a discomfort and soreness of the jaw that occurs early in the morning or evening.
•  Experiencing pain from the head, neck that spreads to the shoulders and spreads to the back.
•  Earaches
•  Locking jaws
•  Dizziness
•  Bruxism
•  Popping jaws
•  Numb fingers
•  Excessive sensitivity

It is crucial to visit a dentist once you experience any of these symptoms, for an earlier diagnosis and treatment.

A 3D rendered xray of a skull with the TMJ highlighted at Downey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Downey, CA

Treatment Measures for TMJ/TMD

You can alleviate TMD pain with pain relievers, exercise the right posture, change in diet for effective jaw movements, and do physical therapy.

Use of a night mouthguard to curb bruxism is also a recommendation, use ice cubes, and hot packs, and in extreme conditions, you might need to undergo a correction surgery. The treatment process mostly revolves around preventive measures.

What Are the Causes of TMJ/TMD?

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, TMJ/TMD occurs in three different classes, though it is important to note that you can experience all the classes simultaneously.

Myofascial pain manifests itself more commonly, where it involves fascia discomfort and pain, with effects felt on the shoulders, neck, and jaw.

The other class is the internal joint derangement resulting from condyle injury, or disc/jaw dislocation/ displacement. The third form is degenerative joint disease and involves an arthritis attack on the jaw.

When to opt for TMJ/TMD Surgery

Surgery remains the last option in TMJ/TMD treatment as the procedure is not reversible. Bone chips or scarred joints, joint tumors, and wearing down of the bony structures are some of the factors that call for surgery.

The process involves anesthesia to prevent pain. Your doctor will open the joints of the affected areas to have an effective view and possible problems and then provide the right medication and treatment. The process requires you to relax, and most importantly, seek a qualified physician.

TMJ Treatment in Downey CA

Here at Downey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we provide specialized TMJ/TMD services to restore your smile. Contact us today or call us at 562-923-7257 for immediate assistance and bookings.

Office hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday: By appointment


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