Patients around Carlsbad ask the question, "I've heard of it, but what is TMJ?"
TMJ is a catch-all term often used to refer to problematic jaw conditions. In actuality, it is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull. There is one on either side of the head to move the jaw. This is what allows a person to chew and talk.
When TMJ is used to refer to problems in the jaw, it may refer to one of any number of issues. Symptoms can extend far beyond the immediate jaw area. Common complaints that often emanate from a TMJ disorder include pain in the face, neck, or shoulders, stiffness in the jaw, even lockjaw, noises when opening and closing the mouth, and misalignment of teeth between upper and lower arches. These conditions may affect one or both of the joints. Because these symptoms may be attributable to many causes, a patient may have trouble obtaining a proper diagnosis, and subsequently secure appropriate treatment to correct the condition. For this reason, many live for years by trial and error treatment, and regularly using pain relievers to ease their suffering.
Dr. Al A. Fallah brings knowledge and expertise into diagnosing and treating a patient with TMJ disorder. Our practice implements technology that includes computerized diagnostic equipment, in order to detect any issues that may be contributing to TMJ dysfunction. Once determined, then appropriate treatment can be designed to solve the problem – not just treat the symptoms. The result is care that restores the jaws to a healthy state, which contributes to better health overall for the patient. Forms of effective treatment may include orthodontic appliances to correct jaw positioning and function, bite adjustment by making minor changes to problem teeth and introducing neuromuscular orthodontics, perhaps crowns or veneers, or even dentures, partials, or implants to maintain comfort by keeping the patient’s jaw in proper alignment.
In order to experience relief, a patient must first be made aware of any contributing condition. Due to the complexity of diagnosis and treatment, seeking the compassion and understanding from an exceptional TMJ disorder dentist, such as Dr. Fallah, is vital. Call us today to schedule a consultation, and receive an evaluation of the conditions that may be contributing to your discomfort. The result can be life-changing with regard to your oral and overall physical health.