Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Relief
Dr. Mark Barnes is a Diplomat in the American Board of Orofacial Pain. The evaluation and customized treatment he provides combines over 30 year’s clinical expertise, state-of-the-art imaging technology and your unique needs to determine a course of care for your specific condition.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
Temporomandibular joint disorders are considered to be a sub-classification of musculoskeletal disorders and follow some of the same principles as other joints in the body. The temporomandibular joint is responsible for all the movements of the jaw– chewing, swallowing, breathing and talking– making this one of the most used joints in the body. Injury, cartilage damage, degeneration and arthritis in this joint can lead to pain and dysfunction.
Signs and Symptoms of TMJ/TMD
Ear Pain – Headaches – Neck Aches – Migraines – Pain in the Jaw or Jaw Muscles
Difficulty Opening/Closing the Mouth – Clicking/Popping
Sensitive Teeth – Grinding/Clenching Teeth
There are several potential causes for TMJ including trauma to the face or neck in the past. Clenching and grinding the teeth may overload the joints or muscles and trigger pain or damage. Allergies, enlarged tonsils, or uneven jaw growth as a child can lead to TMJ and sleep breathing disorders later in life.
Due to the variety of causes, symptoms can change over time or even completely disappear. Good first steps include anti-inflammatory medication, rest, and ice or moist heat. If you don’t get relief from these measures in a few weeks, we are here for you to assess what might be occurring and offer treatment.
When evaluation indicates TMD, Dr. Barnes begins with conservative and reversible treatment using removable orthotic appliances. These appliances may fit on the upper or lower teeth according to each individual’s need for treatment. Correction includes decreased pressure on joint, muscular pain treatment and proper alignment of joint so healing can occur. Long term options are re-assessed to maintain comfort.