Handle your TMJ/TMD problems in Honolulu Hawaii
Have you had difficulties opening your mouth widely? Are you suffering from headache, neck pain, jaw tenderness or facing difficulties in chewing food? You may have to visit our dental office for a comprehensive checkup as you may be suffering from TMJ. Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction is a problem associated with the joint that connects the mandible jawbone to the skull. It is a major concern since it affects the functionality of your oral cavity and can have a direct impact on the quality of life. Treatment to TMJ relieves you from headache, neck pain and all other symptoms. TMJ treatment is part of our comprehensive oral care in the city of Honolulu, Hawaii. listens to the concerns of patients and recommends a treatment based on the dental needs. Make an appointment and visit our office. We will ensure you that all your concerns are taken care of.
What is TMJ dysfunction?
Have you ever wondered how you open your mouth when you smile and how you are able to chew food conveniently despite the complex movement of the jawbone? Temporomandibular Joint is one of the complex joints of the human body which allows smooth functioning of the oral cavity. It is a point where the lower mandible connects to the skull. There is a cartridge disc between the two jaw bones which acts as cushion and enables smooth movement of the bones. Displacement of the disc can lead TMJ disorder which is characterized by pain and improper functionality of the jawbone.
Symptoms of TMJ
Pain is one of the prime indications of TMJ problem. Some patients may notice popping sound when they open their mouth. The main symptoms include:
- Pain in neck
- Pain around ears
- Inability to open or close the mouth completely
- Facial pain
- Difficulty chewing food
The dentist performs a thorough check and notes down the symptoms to diagnose the problem.
TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment
The first visit will usually involve a questionnaire and examination. Our dentist asks patients about when the pain started and the nature of pain. X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans may be recommended based on the necessity. Dentist feels the area around the joint near the ear to know the exact location of pain. Based on the findings from the examination, a suitable treatment is recommended.
Pain medicines can help patients relieve pain. Our dentist may recommend mouth guards to protect teeth and improve jaw movement if it is found to be suitable. Other techniques which include ultrasound and moist heat and ice may also be followed to reduce pain caused from TMJ.