An oral surgery may be needed for a wide variety conditions such as extraction of teeth, placement of dental implants, wisdom tooth removal, correcting the alignment of jaws, removal of cysts and tumors and treatment of sleep apnea disorders.
One of the oral surgeries performed at the office of Classic Dental Arts is for the treatment of disorders related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the temporal and mandible bone of the skull. This joint is vital to our routine activities such as swallowing, chewing and talking. If the joint becomes affected by an injury, tooth grinding, or some other cause, it may lead to pain in the muscles.
The common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Pain in the facial muscles
- Frequent headache and migraine
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Ringing or buzzing in the ears
- Pain behind the ears or eyes
- Lock jaw or clicking in the jaw
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
TMD could be caused by a number of problems. The most common of these is a bad bite. Other potential causes include teeth grinding, or an injury to the meniscus cartilage. When you visit our practice complaining of the symptoms of TMJ disorder, we will examine your jaw, your bite and take X-Rays to understand the cause of your problem, and then will suggest the appropriate course of treatment accordingly. For mild cases, a mouth guard may be recommended. We may also recommend relaxation techniques and prescribe muscle relaxants. However, for more severe cases, surgery may be needed to help you get rid of the pain and discomfort caused by TMD.
For more information about oral surgery for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), please feel free to contact the office of Classic Dental Arts at (732) 301-6333.