TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joints that connect the jaw to the skull. When issues involve this joint, it can cause a lot of pain and discomfort as well as an inability to open up the mouth fully without it causing severe strain. For this reason, TMJ therapy is crucial in correcting problems involving this joint so that you are able to have full range of your jaw bone.
What is TMJ Therapy?
TMJ therapy involves a wide range of different options that are all designed to correct problems involving the temporomandibular joint. Some of these therapies include:
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory injections and medications
The type of therapy that you receive is dependent upon your specific condition and what is wrong with your temporomandibular joint.
Who is a good candidate for TMJ Therapy?
Patients who are good candidates for TMJ therapy include those who are having problems with their particular joint. The dentist will perform an examination of the area and will determine what problems are present such as what it sounds like when you’re opening and closing your jaw as well as how much pain this causes you and the range of motion in which you have to open your mouth.
What to expect with Therapy
If it is found that you would benefit from TMJ therapy, it is up to you and the dental team to determine the best course of action to correct problems with the temporomandibular joint. The key to receiving this therapy is to have better range of motion with the joint while experiencing little to no pain whatsoever.
If you are in need of TMJ therapy, contact us today!