The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), responsible for connecting your lower jaw to your skull, is a complex joint that enables various jaw movements, allowing you to bite, chew, talk, and perform daily activities comfortably. However, dislocation or damage to this joint can result in chronic jaw and joint pain, headaches, teeth grinding and clenching, facial muscle soreness, popping and clicking during movement, and limited jaw mobility or lockjaw.
If you’re experiencing complex TMJ problems due to injury, osteoarthritis, immobility, tumor, or developmental issues, our personalized TMJ treatment in Issaquah, WA can provide you with long-lasting relief. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Hardeep Dhaliwal at Adara Surgical Institute possesses specialized medical, dental, and surgical training to address your concerns and restore your quality of life. While we prioritize conservative approaches, our surgical team is experienced and skilled in providing complex surgical treatment plans with predictable, lasting outcomes.
Physical therapy aids in TMJ disorders by providing targeted exercises to strengthen and stretch the jaw muscles, enhancing mobility and function. By employing techniques such as heat and ice therapy to promote better blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain in the affected area. Moreover, manual therapy and massage techniques can help release tension and restore proper alignment, leading to improved jaw movement and reduced discomfort.
A custom-made oral appliance is designed to be worn over the teeth, effectively preventing grinding and clenching while promoting proper alignment of the jaw and teeth. By using this personalized device, individuals can alleviate the negative effects of these habits on their oral health and overall well-being. The appliance provides a comfortable fit, allowing for improved jaw function and reducing the risk of dental complications associated with teeth grinding and clenching.
Jaw surgery is an option to correct the position of the upper or lower jawbone, addressing issues with misalignment. This treatment brings the jaw and teeth back into proper alignment, ultimately restoring their function and occlusion. By undergoing jaw surgery, patients can experience improved oral health, alleviate discomfort, and enhance overall facial aesthetics. It is often recommended for cases where orthodontic treatments alone may not be sufficient to achieve the desired results.
The repair or replacement of the TM joint(s) involves utilizing a custom-fitted implant to restore optimal and comfortable function during everyday movements. This surgical approach aims to address severe TMJ disorders that have not responded to conservative treatments. By using a personalized implant, the damaged joint can be restored, alleviating pain, and enhancing jaw mobility. This procedure is considered for cases where other non-invasive methods have proven ineffective in providing lasting relief and improved jaw function.
Seeking treatment for TMJ disorders can bring about numerous benefits, including improved jaw and joint function, which allows for smoother and pain-free movements. Achieving a balanced and healthy dental occlusion ensures proper alignment of teeth, reducing the risk of dental complications. Treatment can enhance the ability to enjoy a varied diet without discomfort.
By addressing the underlying issues, jaw and joint pain can be significantly reduced or even eliminated altogether, leading to increased comfort in daily activities. Addressing TMJ disorders may also contribute to improved breathing and alleviate symptoms of sleep apnea, promoting better overall health and well-being.
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