TMJ Therapy – Denver, CO
Find Freedom from Jaw Pain, Migraines and More
Does your jaw cause you a lot of pain, especially when speaking or eating? Do you suffer from frequent dizziness or migraines in Denver? You may be experiencing temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ or TMD. According to the National Institutes of Health, estimates suggest over 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ.
Temporomandibular joint disorder can be a major source of discomfort and negatively affect your daily quality of life. Fortunately, you can obtain effective relief with the help of the expert team at Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center. TMJ therapy, including oral surgery, can free you from severe jaw pain, migraines and more!
What Causes TMJ in Denver?
TMJ disorder includes a variety of painful problems related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This is the unique joint located in front of your ears that connects the lower jaw with the rest of your skull. Without the temporomandibular joints, you would not be able to speak, eat, laugh or even yawn with ease.
The exact cause of TMJ disorder can often be difficult to determine, as a combination of factors are often at play. Your jaw pain may be due to one or more of the following factors:
- Grinding teeth
- Underbite, overbite, or crossbite
- Physical injury
- Poor posture
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
There is a range of symptoms connected to TMJ disorder. You should not hesitate to contact a dentist or oral surgeon if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Painful popping, clicking or grating when opening your mouth
- Jaw muscle stiffness
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Radiating pain in the jaw, face or neck
- Dizziness and vision problems
- Ear pain or pressure
How to Treat TMJ Disorder
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for TMJ disorder, as every case is slightly different. However, a personalized TMJ therapy plan developed in consultation with an experienced oral surgeon like Dr. Fangman can often help dramatically reduce TMJ symptoms.
For severe cases of TMJ disorder that do not respond to other forms of therapy, oral surgery is often recommended. There are several different types of TMJ surgery:
- Arthrocentesis – A minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting fluid into the temporomandibular joints to reduce pressure and wash out the chemical byproducts of inflammation. Arthrocentesis has a high success rate and short recovery time.
- Arthroscopy – Fangman will make a small hole in the skin above the joint and insert a narrow tube called a cannula. Next, he will insert a special tool with a light and camera into the cannula to visualize your joint. He will then use tiny surgical tools to remove scar tissue, reshape the joint, and complete other complex procedures.
- Open-joint surgery – Typically reserved for the most severe TMJ disorder cases, this type of surgery involves making a larger incision over the joint. Dr. Fangman will then operate on the TMJ itself, which may involve removing bony growth or repositioning the joint disc if it is out of position. Open-joint surgery typically has a longer recovery time than an arthroscopic procedure.
Trying to push through each day while living with TMJ pain can keep you from enjoying life at its fullest. If you are experiencing TMJ in Denver, do not hesitate to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Fangman at our office today!