Alleviate Jaw Pain with TMJ Disorder Treatment

The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are one of the most used joints in the human body. They connect the jaw to the skull and help facilitate smooth chewing movements. When the jaw joints are misaligned or under stress, this can lead to a host of issues, including headaches, earaches, facial pain, and more. Fortunately, the doctors at Norwalk Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Norwalk, CT, can both prescribe conservative therapy and perform complex open joint surgery to reduce the negative side effects of this condition.

Temporomandibular Joints

Temporomandibular joints. Temporomandibular joints.

TMD can cause headaches, earaches, and facial pain.

Temporomandibular Disorders

Temporomandibular disorder is a term that refers to a group of disorders affecting the temporomandibular joint and the surrounding muscles and anatomic structures. TMD or myofascial pain disorder is the term used to describe when the surrounding muscles have been affected, as opposed to true joint pathology. The diagnosis is paramount as the treatment for each differs.

Diagnosis

To diagnose your temporomandibular disorder, we will perform a thorough assessment of your teeth, gums, jaw joints, and other supporting structures. The clinical examination will be accompanied by a panoramic x-ray, which allows us to evaluate the health and structure of the jaw joints. In some cases, an MRI may also be recommended to more closely examine the joint.

TMD's Symptoms and Long-term Effects

TMD may be short-lived or chronic. The condition can present itself in several different ways. Some of the most common symptoms associated with TMD include:

  • Pain in the jaw, neck, shoulders, or back
  • Headaches or ear pain
  • Clicking or popping when opening or closing the mouth
  • Orofacial pain and fatigue
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Swelling or inflammation around the jaw joints

If left untreated, TMD can take a toll on your health and quality of life. For example, this condition can lead to chronic, intense headaches, prolonged shoulder and back pain, and tinnitus. Research also suggests that individuals with TMD are more likely to develop depression and anxiety.

Treatments for TMJ Disorder

We offer several treatments for Temporomandibular disorder depending upon your diagnosis.

  • Oral appliance therapy: Many cases of TMD can be treated effectively with a custom night guard, which can be fabricated by a general dentist or orofacial pain specialist. These devices place the jaw in a more favorable position to eliminate painful symptoms.
  • Medication: In some instances, muscle relaxers are a successful method for treating TMJ disorder.
  • Physical therapy
  • Joint surgery: If conservative approaches have proven unsuccessful, surgical intervention may be recommended. There are many different types of surgical procedures to treat true joint pathology. Dr. Trofa and Dr. McLaughlin will speak with you regarding your surgical options

As specialists, our doctors have a tremendous level of knowledge in all aspects of oral surgery, including a deep understanding of facial anatomy and experience in treating jaw joint issues.

Why Choose Our Practice?

Dr. McLaughlin and Dr. Trofa both adhere to a patient-centered philosophy, guided by compassion and care. Therefore, we strive to deliver the quality of treatment we would want for our own family members. As specialists, our doctors have a tremendous level of knowledge in all aspects of oral surgery, including a deep understanding of facial anatomy and experience in treating TMJ issues.

Offering a wide range of treatment options that can meet the unique needs of our patients, we believe that conservative methods should be exhausted first before recommending surgical intervention. Patients who undergo treatment at Norwalk Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can rest assured they are receiving the highest quality care possible. 

Alleviate TMD-related Pain Today

If you are experiencing jaw pain, headaches, earaches, or other TMJ disorder symptoms, schedule a consultation at our practice today. Our doctors can help you determine the cause of your condition and find ways to effectively treat it. To learn more about TMJ disorder treatment call us at (203) 866-0061 or contact us online.

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This was the best place I could go for my oral surgery. The dentist was kind, helpful, and friendly, and his office was so comfortable. This team is the best. AD D.

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This was the best place I could go for my oral surgery. The dentist was kind, helpful, and friendly, and his office was so comfortable. This team is the best. AD D.

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This was the best place I could go for my oral surgery. The dentist was kind, helpful, and friendly, and his office was so comfortable. This team is the best. AD D.