TMJ or temporomandibular joint, is a unique joint, as it can rotate and perform hinge movement and connects your lower jaw to your skull. This joint is responsible for many jaw functions, like chewing food, talking. You have one joint on each side of face. Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) refers to a group of disorders affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), masticatory muscles and the associated structures.
TMJ disorders is a multifactorial problem and could range from:
- continual clenching of the jaw muscles
- Teeth grinding
- Chewing gums, hard ice
TMD symptoms can range from variety of disorders like:
- Pain and limitation of mouth opening, when opening or closing mouth
- Chewing difficulty
- Soreness in muscles on waking up in the morning
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
- Headaches or ear pain or neck pain
- Clicking or popping sounds or crunchy sounds when opening your mouth
- tingling sensation or stuffiness in the ears
At Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, Dr. Sahni, provides the care of a board-eligible Orofacial pain specialist with two years of post-doctoral training at University of Southern California.
Patient care is our priority, and patients receive quality, customized treatment for TMJ Disorder, after discussing the all the alternatives best for the patient, delivered in as conservative manner as possible.
We will provide treatment involving both pharmocological and non-pharmocological modalites including stress reduction, avoiding parafunctional behaviour, physical therapy to provide the most effective care. Surgery is typically a last resort after conservative measures have failed, but some people with TMJ disorders may benefit from surgical treatments.