The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. As with many other joints on the body, the TMJ can experience pain, discomfort, swelling and limited range of movement that gets in the way of your quality of life. When this occurs, it's known as TMD or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. We offer a range of helpful treatments and remedies for all TMJ-related problems.
The TMJ is incredibly necessary when it comes to eating, chewing and simply opening and closing your mouth to speak. When the joint becomes inflamed or painful, you may find that it gets in the way of living your best life. Some problems to look for concerning the TMJ include:
We will thoroughly examine the TMJ area when you come into our office. Using JVA technology, we listen to the sound your jaw makes when opening and closing. We not only listen for any unusual sounds when you open and close your mouth, but we'll monitor and check for range of motion. If it's found that you have problems with your TMJ, we will sit with you to discuss your options. Each patient is different in what will work best for them, and we are happy to provide you with the care that you need.
In some cases, TMJ problems resolve on their own and are simply temporary. If the pain, discomfort and swelling persists, we'll often recommend physical therapy, muscle relaxants, pain relievers and hot/cold therapy as a way to help ease your suffering. Dr. Hutto uses DTR and orthotic mouthguards to help adjust bites, which can typically correct TMJ problems. Surgery-free options are always sought after first before considering more invasive procedures.
If you think you might benefit from TMJ treatments, call our office today and we can get you in for an appointment.