The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that usually keeps the jawbone and skull in line, has a liability to develop diseases that may invite irritation in the jaw, cheek or even stretch till the ears that can widely affect the distinctive jaw function.
In less severe cases TMJ disorders can be treated with self-managed care (eating soft foods, using ice packs, avoiding extreme jaw movement) or nonsurgical treatments (anti-inflammatory medications, Botox injections, or stabilization splints). In more severe cases, surgical treatments (jaw joint replacements) may be necessary.
In case of the TMJ disorder we can expect three main situations that our doctors can treat effortlessly:
In which the patients usually deal with irritation and pain in the jaw muscles, which may lead to a grinding teeth.
Internal disorder of the joint:
This condition can warn us about a displaced disc, disturbed condyle or a dislocated jaw.
A condition that can deteriorate inflammatory.
Such diseases can be treated and prevented at the initial stages as advised by the doctors in Kennewick, through maintaining a careful routine that incorporates frequent usage of ice packs, avoiding unnecessary jaw movement and most importantly a soft food diet. This followed by our gentle non-surgical services like anti-inflammatory, stabilization splints and botox injections can be great effective treatments to help you recover. However, in unavoidable situations, our dentists can also provide the patients with the best oral surgical procedures in which the jaw joints are supplanted.
If you witness the following symptoms, this might be a red flag pointing towards TMJ disorder and you may want to consult a doctor at Family First Dental Kennewick immediately:
- Aching in the jaws and cheeks
- Chewing issues
- Jaw feeling tight
- Pain around the facial area
- Locking of jaw
- Soreness in or near the ear area
- Ticking or clicking while speaking or moving jaw
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