Chronic TMJ: How Can I Address This Problem?

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In the absence of timely treatment, TMJ pain can become chronic and require a minimally invasive procedure or even oral surgery. An experienced dentist will first try to correct the TMJ disorder with conservative measures such as mouth guards. Oral surgery for TMJ may be the last resort when a patient is unable to get relief through injections or regular use of custom mouth guards. Let’s examine TMJ further and outline some of the treatment options for people suffering from TMJ disorder.

How a TMJ Mouth Guard Can Help

Adult mouth guards are designed to hold your jaw in a correct position to prevent the occurrence of painful pressure. Mouth guards can help by: 

  • Keeping you from grinding or clenching your teeth together 
  • Correcting an improper bite by holding your jaw in the correct position 
  • Reducing painful muscle spasms by enabling your jaw and facial muscles to relax 
  • Preventing locked jaw
  • Relieving the pain that may be occurring due to an arthritic condition or worn disc

To achieve sustainable relief from TMJ pain, you need mouth guards that fit your mouth perfectly. Choose a skilled dentist who can prepare customized TMJ mouth guards that are just right for you. They will monitor your condition periodically and make any necessary adjustments so that you can obtain lasting relief from TMJ. 

Minimally Invasive Treatments 

Arthrocentesis

When mouth guards don’t provide enough relief, your dentist may perform arthrocentesis. In this procedure, the dentist inserts a needle into the painful joint to irrigate the joint with fluid and remove debris and other inflammatory material.

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Injections

In some cases, the dentist may prescribe corticosteroid injections, which are applied directly into the joint. Botox injections might also be helpful in exceptional situations to relax the jaw muscles used for chewing and obtain relief from TMJ pain.

TMJ Arthroscopy

Arthroscopic oral surgery may be useful in treating some types of TMJ disorders. The dentist will insert a small instrument fitted with an arthroscope (camera) into the painful area. This examination will allow them to view the TMJ and the surrounding area on a video monitor. 

Through a second incision, the dentist will place tiny instruments to adjust the disk or remove damaged tissue. Unlike open joint surgery, the dentist can perform TMJ arthroscopy in a less invasive and more precise way, allowing for faster recovery.

Open Joint Surgery 

If the dentist determines that your chronic TMJ is occurring because of a structural problem in the joint, they may have to choose open joint surgery to repair the joint or even replace it in some cases. However, due to today’s advanced techniques, few patients undergo total joint replacement. 

Only a qualified and experienced dentist should perform oral surgery for TMJ, as they can provide safe and predictable results with no visible scarring. Effective and precise open joint surgery will heal within a time frame similar to that of an arthroscopy

Contact Florida Dental Solutions to Determine Your TMJ Treatment

If you are suffering from TMJ pain, then you need to contact an experienced and professional dentist to evaluate your situation and provide a treatment plan moving forward. Whether it is arthrocentesis, arthroscopy, corticosteroid injections, custom mouth guards, or even open joint surgery, you don’t have to endure TMJ pain without treatment. 

Contact the expert team at Florida Dental Solutions to begin your path to a life without chronic TMJ pain. We provide comprehensive, high-quality dental work at affordable prices. Call us today at 954-362-4102 to schedule your appointment and learn more about how we can help.

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