The temporomandibular joint is a prominent joint that is essential to how the jaw moves and functions. You can feel this joint on both sides of the jaw by placing two fingers in front of the ear while opening and closing the mouth. TMJ disorders can be tricky because patients can experience a variety of symptoms, or very few at all. Some symptoms of TMJ disorder include
TMJ disorders often occur as a result of inflammation in the joint. Sometimes, the reason for a TMJ disorder is unknown. Common causes of a TMJ disorder include
Many times, at-home care for a TMJ disorder can reduce inflammation and alleviate the associated symptoms. These treatments may include using a mouth guard at night, medication, and steroid injections. However, if these treatments fail to work, then surgical options may be explored and recommended.
Drs. Zarrinkelk and Siavash perform the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery treatments at their practices in Ventura and Ojai, CA. If you have been referred for surgical correction of a TMJ disorder or would like to learn more about the treatments we offer, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a consultation appointment.