Pain in the temporomandibular joint (the joint that attaches the jawbone to the skull) can cause difficulty chewing, opening and closing the jaw, tension headaches and migraine pain. Oral Maxillofacial surgery can provide a solution.
Jaw pain can interfere with many aspects of life, even speaking or eating hard foods can be challenging. Tension in the face can interrupt sleep, lead to days off work and cause pain so severe it is likened to a migraine. If someone has this collection of symptoms, they may have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Thankfully, there are more than just painkillers to ease the discomfort. Oral surgery treatment can stop facial pain and headaches permanently and give TMJ patients their life back.
Visiting an Oral Maxillofacial Dental Surgeon
An oral maxillofacial surgeon will examine the jaw for diseases and injuries, defects and abnormalities of the oral tissues. They can also do X-rays to look at the bone structure and see how much functionality the jaw has.
Once a diagnosis of TMJ is given, TMJ is usually treated with conservative, non-invasive treatments. In severe cases, the jaw joints can be repaired with TMJ surgery.
Treatments for TMJ
Some of the therapeutic options include:
Dental splints encourage the correct alignment of the jaw by holding the jaw in position, relaxing muscles that have gone into spasm and preventing damage to teeth from an abnormal bite.
Botox injections can help by relaxing the muscles that cause tension headaches and may relieve pain.
If the TMJ is caused by injury or arthritis of the jaw, inflammation can impinge on the joints and nerves.
Muscle relaxants are sometimes used in TMJ.
This is a minimally invasive surgery in which an arthroscope is inserted into the joint space so the surgeon can repair the joint.
For more information and TMJ and what help is available, personalized appointments are available with maxillofacial surgery specialists to bring patients the best advice.