TMJ Dentist in Miami, FL, 33126 and PembrokePines, FL, 33024
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a joint that connects the jawbone to your skull and can be located on either side of the face. TMJ disorders cause discomfort in your jaw and jaw muscles' movement, making everyday chores seem more difficult to perform.
Risk Factors of TMJ Disorders
Factors that could increase the likelihood to develop TMJ disorders are:
- Different types of arthritis
- Jaw injury
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Connective tissue disorders
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Various aspects and signs of TMJ disorders include:
- Tenderness or pain in your jaw.
- Pain in TMJ.
- Pain in and around your ears.
- Difficulty and pain while chewing food.
- Facial pain.
- The joint gets locked and makes the mouth challenging to expand and close.
When Should You See a TMJ Dentist?
Consult a TMJ Dentist in Miami, FL, 33126 for an ongoing pain or tenderness within your jaw. Our TMJ specialist at Amaya Dental will discuss the possible causes and solutions to treat your TMJ disorders.
Diagnosis of TMJ Disorders
Our TMJ dentist at Amaya Dental in PembrokePines, FL, 33024, will examine your jaw to:
- Observe the movement of your jaw.
- Pinpoint the jaw areas with discomfort or pain.
- Feel and examine your jaw as you close and open your mouth.
If our TMJ dentist at Amaya Dental in Miami, FL, 33126 suspects an issue, you may require:
- Dental X-rays to look at your jaw and teeth.
- CT scans for detailed images of the joints and bones.
- MRI to identify issues in the joint's disk, or surrounding soft tissue
Our TMJ specialist at Amaya Dental in PembrokePines, FL, 33024 uses TMJ arthroscopy to determine the presence of a TMJ disorder. The dentist inserts a tiny tube (cannula) into the joint space. A small camera (arthroscope) is then placed on examining the TMJ and determining the diagnosis.
Treatment of TMJ Disorders
In certain instances, the symptoms of TMJ-associated issues may disappear without treatment. The discomfort and pain are only temporary and can be easily treated with self-managed care. Surgery is usually the last resort when conservative treatments have not worked. If you are experiencing persistent symptoms, our TMJ dentist may recommend other treatment options.
Non-pharmacological treatments for TMJ conditions include:
- Oral splints and oral guards (occlusal devices)
- The physical therapy
- Counseling sessions
In addition to other nonsurgical options, certain medications like anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relievers, tricyclic antidepressants, or muscle relaxants could assist in relieving pain and discomfort caused by TMJ disorders.
If the other options do not provide relief, the TMJ dentist may recommend:
- Corticosteroid Injections
- TMJ arthroscopy
- Modified condyloma
- Open joint surgery
Please reach out to Amaya Dental in Miami, FL, 33126 to have a consultation with our Dentist in Miami FL or Amaya Dental in PembrokePines, FL, 33024, to have a consultation with our Dentist in PembrokePines FL. Please call us at (305) 264-2711 / (954) 963-3383 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.