Treating a Temporomandibular Disorder Starts with Your Oral Surgeon
Posted on 4/23/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
Do you often feel some pain in your jaw area all the way through your inner ear causing some neck and shoulder strain? Do you hear some popping sounds or maybe your jaws lock whenever you open and close your mouth? You might have a Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD.
The temporomandibular joint is responsible for connecting your jaw to your temporal bones that will enable you to move your jaw and open your mouth. If this joint is damaged, dislocated or injured, you will suffer from pain in your jaw area and even swelling of your face.
Common Treatments There are different treatments for TMD, but the effectiveness and efficiency depend on how severe your TMD is. We can give medications for the pain and swelling and a muscle relaxant for the jaw.
A mouth guard is also used to help lessen the effects of teeth grinding and teeth clenching. Braces can also be recommended to correct any misalignment on the teeth.
Trip to the Oral Surgeon
The above treatments might work. However, if you are suffering from severe TMD, the common treatments will be ineffective and this requires a trip to the oral surgeon. There are three main surgeries that can help you and these are Arthrocentesis, Arthroscopy, and Open Joint Surgery.
The mild surgery that you might need is the Arthrocentesis. Considered as a not so invasive surgery for TMD, the oral surgeon will insert small needles into the joint after an anesthesia. The small needles will help wash out the fluids to remove any causes of inflammation.
If Arthroscopy is not the proper treatment for the TMD you have, the oral surgeon might consider an Arthroscopy. This is an effective surgery for various TMDs, which requires the oral surgeon to place a cannula or a thin tube into the joint space.
The anthroscope will be inserted into the cannula which will help the oral surgeon to determine what inflamed tissue needs to be removed.
Lastly, but hopefully not the last treatment option for you is the Open Joint Surgery. If the Arthroscopy leaves fewer risks and minimal scarring, this surgery does not offer that convenience. Instead, the oral surgeon will open up the entire affected area and repair or replace the joint.
We understand that TMD is painful and sometimes very alarming, but you should know that there are treatments. If you are suffering from TMD, please contact us today. We want to help you.