TMJ Disorder—Is There Anything an Idaho Oral Surgery Office Can Do?

Theres nothing worse than a pounding headache. Unfortunately, there are many people who deal with chronic jaw pain and headaches. They have at least one TMJ disorder and need to get help from their dentist and their Idaho oral surgery office to find relief.

TMJ Disorder: What Are the Symptoms?

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of TMJ disorder include the following.

  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw
  • The jaw locking open or closed
  • Facial pain
  • Difficulty (and/or pain) while chewing
  • Earaches
  • Jaw joint pain

A TMJ disorder can be caused by injury to the jaw, arthritis, and clenching and/or grinding of the teeth. There are even certain connective tissue diseaseslike lupus, scleroderma, and polymyositisthat can affect the jaw joint and muscles in the face.

The absence of pain does not necessarily mean that a patient doesnt have a TMJ disorder. There are many patients that come into our Idaho oral surgery office because they have jaw issues that are adversely affecting their bite and the stability and health of their teeth.

There are many patients who have had orthodontics to straighten their smile, as well as improve the way their teeth function. And sometimes, they have braces to prevent future jaw pain or problems. However, if the muscles of the face and jaw are not themselves properly aligned, orthodontics may be in vain. Therefore, many patients have jaw surgery in conjunction with braces.

How Can an Idaho Oral Surgery Office Help Patients with TMJ Disorders?

The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint its basically the hinge that connects the upper and lower jaw bones. Arthritis, tight muscles, and disease can all make the hinge function out of proper order. Jaw surgery at a Boise, Idaho oral surgery center can help.

There are different types of surgical procedures we can do to correct TMJ disorder. During jaw surgery, we will look for and remove inflamed tissue and scar tissue. If necessary, we will realign the jaw joint and or the disc that acts as a buffer in the jaw socket.

Our main goal is to perform minimally invasive surgery. In some cases, however, patients will need more invasive procedures. According to WebMD, these instances include:

The bone is starting to wear down

There is a tumor (or tumors) in or around the TMJ

There are bone chips in the jaw joint

Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery: Committed to Getting Patients Out of Pain

If youve been experiencing pain when you chew or chronic headaches you dont have to keep suffering. We can help!

At Treasure Valley Oral and Facial Surgery, we offer more services than wisdom teeth removal and dental implants. We believe in high quality surgical care and have extensive experience in resolving TMJ issues. Instead of trying to grin and bear it, let us, your local Idaho oral surgery staff help.

Are you experiencing a lot of headaches, jaw pain, and neck pain? You dont have to suffer any longer! Contact us today to find out more about how jaw surgery can help your TMJ issues.

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