TMJ – Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
Las Vegas Dentistry: TMJ
What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?
What Are the Primary Categories of TMJ?
Myofacial pain causes discomfort and/or pain in the muscles of the jaw that cause movement. It is the most common of the three TMJ conditions.
TMJ pain can lead to a degenerative or inflammatory state of being for the joints. Eventually, this can lead to arthritis in the jaw.
In some cases, TMJ is caused by an injury that occurs to the condyle or lower, hinge-like portion of the jaw. It is also associated with a dislocated jaw or a displaced disc within the joint of the jaw. This particular TMJ condition is known as internal derangement.
What Are the Treatments for TMJ?
Traditional treatments for TMJ typically involve bite correction strategies. Depending on the extent of your problem, the dentist may suggest one or more of the following treatments: tooth restoration, orthodontic strategy, or appliance therapy.
Surgical treatments are considered final measures and are only considered after all other strategies have been tried. Surgery for TMJ takes place with general anesthesia and involves the cleansing of the joint, the removal of existing adhesions, and a repositioning of the disc located in the hinge of the joint.
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