Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are complex conditions related to the jaw joints at the base of the skull, including the muscles, teeth and nerves. All of the neuromuscular components must be in sync to enable proper chewing, breathing and speaking. When the muscles are out of sync with the jaw joint, people experience the symptoms of TMJ disorders.
The most common symptoms are ear pain, headaches, difficulty with opening the mouth, and noises like popping and clicking. Conservative dental treatments will solve the problem for many patients, but surgical procedures ranging from diagnostic arthroscopic treatments to total joint reconstruction are often required to provide a more permanent solution to TMJ disorders.
Skeletal and dental deformities can be precursors to some TMJ disorders. Corrective jaw surgery, combined with orthodontics and appliance therapy, may be useful in the treatment of certain conditions. Schedule a consultation today to ensure the best possible treatment approach according to your specific diagnosis.