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Oral Surgery to Treat TMJ
Your mouth is made up of many working parts. These parts all work together to allow you to perform a number of different important tasks. Your temporomandibular joints are responsible for the movement of your jaw, allowing you to open and close your mouth as well as move your lower jaw from side to side. When healthy, these joints work with ease. If they become irritated, inflamed, or injured, though, even the smallest movements of your mouth can become difficult and painful. There are many treatments for your temporomandibular joints. If surgical treatment is required, Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center can help.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is a term that refers to a number of different issues that affect the health and functioning of your temporomandibular joints. This condition is also sometimes simply referred to as TMJ. When you have TMJ, even the smallest movements of your mouth can become difficult and painful. You might soon find it difficult to eat, speak, or even open your mouth at all.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
There several issues that can cause TMJ disorder. These include
How Do I Know if I Have TMJ Disorder?
There are many symptoms that can point toward TMJ disorder. Many of these symptoms start off very mild, barely noticeable. You might never even know that anything is wrong. Over time, however, the symptoms worsen, leading to difficulty moving your mouth and severe pain. Symptoms of TMJ include
Surgical Treatments for TMJ
A thorough oral exam helps to diagnose TMJ disorder. There are many treatments available. The type of treatment you receive depends upon the cause of your TMJ disorder and its severity. In many cases, TMJ disorder can be treated non-invasively. However, in cases of more severe TMJ or when no non-surgical treatments have proven effective, the next step is surgery. There are a few different surgical procedures that may be performed. These procedures include
Board certified in Oral & Maxillofacial surgeryThe surgical specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery requires up to six additional years of hospital based surgical and anesthesia training beyond dental school.
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Livermore1133 E. Stanley Blvd. #215 • Livermore, CA 94550
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