TMJ Disorder (TMD) Treatment
Alleviate Pain and Improve Your Oral Health
The temporomandibular joint, called the TMJ, is a complex joint that keeps your upper and lower jaws together and helps them move smoothly up and down and from side to side. The cartilage, which acts as the cushion for the jaw joint and rests between the jaw bone and skull, is often the cause of such disorders. When it slips out of position, it can result in a misaligned bite, pain, or a clicking/popping noise when the mouth opens or closes.
Do I Have a TMJ Disorder?
The most common signs of a TMJ disorder are discomfort and popping noises. However, other symptoms can indicate a problem, such as:
- Pain in the ears, jaw joints, or facial muscles
- Difficulty opening the mouth completely
- Trouble eating or chewing certain foods
- Constant headaches, dizziness, hearing loss, or ear ringing
- Jaw locking in the open position
Treatments for TMJ Disorders
TMJ disorders are treatable with both surgical and nonsurgical methods, depending on the severity of your condition. When you visit our office for a consultation appointment, one of our oral surgeons will perform a thorough examination and review your health history before developing a personalized treatment plan. We may take 3D CBCT scans of your face and mouth, and we are happy to discuss anesthesia and sedation options, if necessary, to ensure maximum comfort throughout treatment.
- Occlusal adjustments or splint therapy
- Physical therapy
- Warm, moist heat
- Change to a soft, no-chew diet
- TMJ arthroscopy
- Joint reconstruction
- Orthognathic surgery
TMJ Disorder (TMD) Treatment in Springfield, Litchfield, and Decatur, IL
Oral & Facial Surgeons of Illinois is the premier practice in central Illinois where you can expect superior care and oral surgery treatments that benefit you for life. TMJ pain or jaw clicking can be solved with nonsurgical or surgical methods. If you experience pain, clicking, or locking in the jaw joint, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our oral surgeons will guide you on steps to take to alleviate discomfort and improve your jaw health. We proudly serve patients of all ages in Springfield, Litchfield, Decatur, and surrounding neighborhoods.