The temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ, is the hinge between the temporal bones of the skull in front of each ear and the lower jaw bones of your dental arch. The TMJ gives patients the range of motion needed to move their jaw smoothly from side to side. When this joint does not function properly, it can cause discomfort and problems with everyday tasks, such as eating and speaking.
At Park Cities Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates in Dallas, TX, our doctors are experts at identifying TMJ disorders. When you visit our office for a consultation, they can help determine whether you need surgical intervention.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Symptoms of TMJ disorders are easily detectable if you know what signs to look for. The following are the most common indicators that you are experiencing a TMJ disorder:
- Tightness around the jaw
- Jaws snapping shut when closing the mouth
- Persistent headaches
- Ear pain, including problems with hearing (ears ringing)
- Grinding or clicking sounds when opening the jaw
If you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible. Dr. Phillips or Dr. Ray will develop a treatment plan to fit your individual needs.
Treatment of TMJ Disorders in Dallas, TX
Depending on the severity of your TMJ disorder, you may not need surgery. Our doctors will exhaust every nonsurgical option before recommending corrective jaw surgery for treatment. However, in severe cases, jaw surgery will most likely be necessary to correct your TMJ disorder, eliminate pain, and restore your oral function. We will discuss all of the treatment options available to you when you visit our office in Dallas, TX, for a consultation appointment.