The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It allows the lower jaw to move and function. TMJ disorders are a family of problems related to this joint that produce a variety of symptoms.
Patients may experience and complain of TMJ symptoms such as earaches, migraines, headaches and limited movement of the jaw. Patients may also notice clicking or grating sounds and feel pain when opening and closing their mouth. Since TMJ symptoms can often lead to more serious conditions, therefore, early detection and treatment are important.
Diagnosing TMJ disorders can be complex and may require different diagnostic procedures. It is important to determine the cause of the problem as this will help guide treatment. As a specialist in the areas of the mouth, teeth and jaws, Dr. Salib has the expertise, training and experience to correctly diagnose the problem and recommend the best possible treatment. Special imaging studies of the joints may be ordered by Dr. Salib to help further your diagnosis.
After a thorough radiographic and clinical examination, Dr. Salib will recommend treatment based on your condition. Such therapy may range from conservative dental and medical care to complex surgery. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment may include short-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and muscle relaxation, bite plate or splint therapy, and possibly even stress management counseling. Generally, if non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful or if there is clear joint damage, surgery may be indicated. Dr. Salib will work closely with you to and your restorative dentist to devise a treatment plan that best fits you as our patient. Dr. Salib may also refer you another appropriate dental or medical specialist or a physical therapist to further help you.