We use TMJ Treatment because many TMJ symptoms correspond with other health conditions

Including migraines, sinus ailments, arthritis and periodontal disease, temporomandibular joint disorder is typically missed by physicians and dentists who lack specialized training in the field of neuromuscular dentistry.

TMD affects more than twice as many women (particularly those of childbearing age) as menTemporomandibular joint disorder (frequently abbreviated as TMJ or TMD) is a common and often misdiagnosed condition that emanates from the connective area between your jaw and skull and causes migraine-like headaches and other painful symptoms. TMD affects more than twice as many women (particularly those of childbearing age) as men and is the most common non-dental related chronic facial pain all treated with tmj treatment.

Diagnosis is an important step before tmj treatment. However, because the exact causes and symptoms of TMD are not clear, diagnosing these disorders can be confusing. At present, there is no widely accepted, standard test to correctly identify TMD. Tmj treatment for Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) refers to a variety of conditions that affect TM joints, jaw muscles and facial nerves. TMD may occur when the jaw twists during opening, closing or side-motion movements. Stress is thought to be a factor in TMD. Even strenuous physical tasks, such as lifting a heavy object or stressful situations, can aggravate TMD by causing overuse of jaw muscles, specifically clenching or grinding teeth (also known as bruxism).

What can I do to treat TMD?

During tmj treatment Dr. Khandaqji may also take x-rays and make a cast of your teeth to see how your bite fits together, or may request specialized x-rays for the TM joints. Your complete medical history may be reviewed, so it is important to keep your dental office record up-to-date. Dr. Khandaqji will recommend what type of tmj treatment that is needed for your particular problem or refer you to a specialist, such as specially trained facial pain experts.

Dr. Khandaqji may also recommend tmj treatment for one of the following:

  • Modify the pain. This can mean resting the joint, taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, or applying moist heat to the painful areas.
  • Practice relaxation techniques. Biofeedback or relaxation training may help to manage stress. Dr. Khandaqji may prescribe a nightguard to prevent your teeth from grinding during sleep.
  • Fix poorly aligned teeth. tmj specialist Dr. Khandaqji may suggest some adjustment, including orthodontic treatment, to correct teeth alignment.

Botox has proved helpful in relieving pain and discomfort of TMJ and bruxism cases, especially for patients who are experiencing facial pain and moderate chronic temporomandibular joint pain. Tension is relaxed and pain relieved in the jaw and neck area via an injection of Botox at the site. Botox can also be incorporated into chronic pain treatment provided to alleviate headaches and other types of pain and discomfort.