these all can be symptoms of temporomandibular disorders.
Temporomandibular Disorder is the pain caused by the Temporomandibular jpint located in front of the ears where the skull and the lower jaw meet.
Inflammation or injury to the temporomandibular joint can cause many symptoms such as:
Pain when chewing
Popping of the jaw
Facial pain around the mouth and jaw
Swelling on the side of the face
Headaches and migraines
Ringing and popping sounds in the ear
Difficulty opening the jaw
TMJ disorders can go unnoticed or dismissed as a toothache, or a temporary discomfort. In the long term, however, the situation can become chronic and affect daily life.
Treatments for TMJ vary depending on the case. At Dr. Aburas, our oral specialists and maxillofacial specialists cater specifically to the case. The treatments we offer include:
Dental splint (bite guard): a removable dental appliance that is placed in the mouth and covers several or all of the upper or lower teeth in order to keep the teeth aligned and prevent teeth grinding. It is prescribed and fitted by our jaw specialists. Your doctor will recommend which times you should wear it. Dental splints are worn for only a short time and do not cause any kind of permanent change in the bite.
Botox: Botox can be administered through several injections in a quick, straightforward, and effective process in order to relax the muscles of the jaw and relieve jaw tension. The injection could also eliminate headaches that result from excessive teeth grinding. They can also minimize jaw locking. Improvement is usually realized within one or two days after the first treatment.
Jaw or Dental Surgery: surgery is performed only in severe cases. There are different types of TMJ Surgery some of which are:
Arthroscopy: this is the least invasive type of TMJ surgery. It involves the insertion of a small instrument with a scope through a small incision near the ear. The scope explores the area for signs of damage and possible causes of the pain. Your doctor can also extract any inflamed tissue in this procedure. Recovery takes a few days for the swelling and stiffness to subside.
Arthroplasty: this procedure is also known as open joint surgery. It involves a larger incision than the arthroscopy. The larger incision allows your surgeon to replace any damaged discs that are hindering you from opening your jaw. The recovery time following an arthroplasty is a little longer than that of an arthroscopy.
Total Joint Replacement: when the temporomandibular joint is damaged beyond repair for any reason, replacing it completely becomes necessary. The average patient experience significant improvements in speech and range of motion after receiving a total joint prosthesis.
Why to choose Dr Aburas Dental Center for TMD treatment?
Dr Antoine Habib has treated hundreds of TMD cases by implementing Stabilization Appliance
The treatment starts by measuring and getting the relation between the patient’s jaw and skull using face bow.
Then we send the results to a specialized technician to fabricate the splint used in TMD treatment.
This splint is the main factor that guides the jaw to relaxation position and allow the healing of the tissues of the muscle.
This is one of our special methods of treating TMD, in addition to many other treatments
Written instruction to help patient lifestyle change
TMJ pain-free jaw function
TMJ habit reversal muscle relaxation
Soft food diet for TMD patients
Head, Neck, and Shoulders hygiene.
Mouth opening exercise
Other TMD Treatment Appliances
Anterior positioning appliance
Anterior bite plane
Posterior bite plane