The TMJ is also known as the temporomandibular joint. It’s the joint that hinges the jaw and it’s the joint that allows you to open and close the mouth as well as chew, talk and swallow. When you have pain, discomfort and limited functionality in this joint, it’s called the TMJ disorder. To help you know all about the TMJ disorder in Santa Barbara, California, our oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. David McAninch and Dr. Robert Kiken, are happy to share some information with you.
TMJ disorder symptoms include jaw pain, difficulty chewing, clicking in the jaw, locking in the jaw, aching in the ear, facial pain and more. There are many causes of the disorder, including bruxism, arthritis, dislocation, injury, misalignment of the teeth and jaw and stress. If you experience symptoms, it’s important to visit your dentist for an examination and accurate diagnosis.
There are many treatments available for the TMJ disorder. Those treatments include taking medication prescribed to you, using a bite guard when sleeping, physical therapy, using relaxation techniques, eating softer foods, heating the jaw, strengthening the jaw and more. Your dentist will help you know which treatment is right for you and your situation.
For more information and details about the TMJ disorder, please contact Ocean Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery when you get the chance. All you need to do is dial 805-735-3665 and our experienced team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can. We look forward to hearing from you!