The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects each side of your skull to your lower jaw. When you develop issues with this joint, the condition is known as TMJ disorder, or TMD.
TMD can cause severe pain and stiffness in your jaw, among a range of other health problems. Explore our guide to learn more about TMD and how Dr. Goel can offer relief for your symptoms.
Some of the most common causes of TMJ disorder include:
You may be suffering from TMD if you notice any of the following symptoms:
If you’re diagnosed with TMJ disorder, Dr. Goel offers a variety of treatments to eliminate your pain. She’ll start by recommending at-home remedies such as facial exercises, hot and cold packs, and over-the-counter pain medication. If these aren’t effective, she can try a series of trigger point injections to target any knots in your facial muscle groups.
In many cases, an overnight mouth guard or splint may be necessary. These are primarily effective for patients who have a tendency to grind or clench their teeth overnight, one of the primary causes of TMD. A mouthguard prevents your upper and lower arches from touching, helping your muscles relax and heal while you sleep.
Each appliance is customized to the shape of your bite for a perfect fit, ensuring maximum comfort and effectiveness. Most patients find that they don’t even notice their mouthguard after a few days of getting used to it.
The only permanent way to get rid of TMD is with surgery. However, the surgery is invasive and only used as a last resort for the most severe cases. Before we even consider the need for surgery, we’ll suggest certain lifestyle modifications, trigger point injections, and the use of a mouthguard to help relieve your symptoms.
There are several remedies and lifestyle modifications we may suggest to help relieve your TMD symptoms. These include:
While these remedies may help relieve your pain, they’re best used in conjunction with trusted methods such as a customized nightguard and trigger point injections. If you have TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation with Dr. Goel by calling (408) 404-8257. She’ll help you determine the best ways to treat your TMD.
An oral or maxillofacial surgeon will perform one of three types of procedures to completely eradicate TMJ disorder, including arthroscopy, arthroplasty, and joint replacement. Surgery involves risks and e is only used as a last resort when conservative treatment options have failed. If TMD has caused your jaw joint to degenerate, surgery may be needed to prevent further damage.
Trigger point injections usually consist of a combination of steroids and anesthetics to reduce sensitivity to pain, providing immediate relief for some patients. One week after the procedure, you’ll experience the maximum benefits offered by the treatment.
It’s important to note that not all patients benefit from the treatment. If injections are successful, they usually provide 3 to 6 months of relief.
TMJ disorder can interfere with your quality of life, making it hard to feel comfortable and enjoy yourself. Thankfully, Dr. Goel can provide the relief you need with a customized mouthguard or a combination of other solutions.
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