The Spring Hill Patient’s
What is TMJ?
TMJ disorder is a serious condition that, if left untreated, can ruin a patient’s way of life. It may lead to pain, soreness, trouble chewing or speaking, splitting headaches, and ear problems. We understand how TMJ can horribly affect a patient’s life, and work hard to find the best way to cure this condition.
The temporomandibular joint disorder involves a weakening or pain in the joint where the jawbone and the skull meet. This joint is one of the most complex joints in the body, involving a series of muscles that control movement for effective chewing and speaking. But patients who become afflicted with TMJ may find it difficult to open their mouths, let alone speak or eat, which can have a deep impact on their livelihood.
What Does TMJ Feel Like?
A person suffering from this disorder can feel like their jaw gets stuck in position. Other symptoms include a painful sensation when they open their mouth to yawn, eat, or speak. Patients may also start to notice tenderness and a slight change in how their teeth fit together.
The joint disorder may occur in a number of ways, including:
- Teeth move out of alignment causing a change in bite pressure around your mouth, putting extra stress on your jaw joints.
- Damaged by a physical impact from contact sports or a trip-and-fall accident may knock the jaw out of alignment. Even if the jaw is restored, bruising and inflammation can lead to TMJ symptoms.
- Joint cartilage becomes damaged causing the bones to rub together painfully.
- The joint disc moves out of alignment making it painful or nearly impossible to open your mouth.
Treatments for TMJ with Dr. Robinette
Patients with TMJ can find the treatments they need with Dr. Robinette here at our Spring Hill office. Whether it’s through physical therapy or oral appliances, these treatments can alleviate symptoms and restore full functionality to your smile. Uncover what’s best for you and your disorder at your initial consultation with our team.
Once you receive a proper diagnosis, we can effectively treat your TMJ after your visit with Dr. Robinette at your consultation. There are a variety of treatments available such as therapy, oral devices, medications, and, in more severe cases, surgery.