If you have a stiff jaw with discomfort or pain, you might have problems with the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, which is a type of temporomandibular disorder, abbreviated to TMD. You could have pain when you talk, eat and open your mouth. At Arrowhead Ranch Dentistry, we are able to provide a thorough exam to determine whether you have TMJ and offer appropriate treatment to restore function and make your life more comfortable.
As shown above, a low frequency TENS unit is used to relax the muscles of the head and neck in order to find the most comfortable relaxed position.
Once the muscles are relaxed additional equipment is used to measure and record the new relaxed, comfortable jaw position. This instrument looks complex but is actually quite comfortable.
When all the measurements are taken, Dr. Chase will review the data and develop a diagnosis. At the consultation appointment, Dr. Chase will explain the results and the diagnosis so that you will have a better understanding of your condition. At this point, you and Dr. Chase can discuss treatment options, expectations and a final course of treatment.
Jaw Joint Pain
There are many causes that can result in jaw pain, so the first step we take is to provide a comprehensive exam to discover the source. Your pain might be a result of wisdom teeth that are trying to grow in or from a habit of teeth grinding. Problems with the teeth, such as decay or other damage, can present pain in the jaw.
Or you could have an issue with the TMJ, which is the joint on each side of your head where your jaw is attached to your skull. A disorder of the TMJ happens when there is pain in the joint as well as the surrounding muscles. Your joint could even be misaligned, which can result in severe pain and a loss of proper function.
Sometimes, the cause of a joint problem is difficult to figure out or there are numerous causes working together to contribute to the pain. At Arrowhead Ranch Dentistry, we will perform a thorough assessment that includes cutting-edge imaging technologies. Through these diagnostic methods, we are able to minimize misdiagnosis and find the main concern. With numerous treatments available, we are able to pinpoint a solution to your problem and ease your pain. If there is a secondary cause of the jaw pain, we will address that as well.
TMJ and TMD Treatment
At our dental office, we are able to provide numerous solutions for jaw problems and pain. We start with simpler solutions before progressing to more intensive treatments. With less severe cases, we begin with teaching you about treatment suggestions you can perform yourself at home. For example, we can help you stop grinding your teeth through interventions.
Nonetheless, we are also able to perform various solutions in our Glendale, AZ dental office. These include aligning a TMJ that is out of place and using a TMJ splint. Only if other interventions do not work do we turn to surgery, which is still available as a backup plan to ensure that your pain and discomfort will be solved. If the pain is caused by a separate concern than the TMJ, such as tooth decay or wisdom teeth, we are able to address these problems as well.
If you're suffering from pain in your jaw joint, call us at (602) 843-0010 to make an appointment for a thorough exam.