TMJ disorders – learn about causes and treatments in San Francisco
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, functions as a sliding axis connecting your jawbone to your skull. The TMJ can present several ailments/issues that can cause discomfort and more serious issues. There is one joint on each side of your jaw and each can have various types of disorders that can cause pain and discomfort. Dr. Jamil Alkhoury and his team at TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of San Francisco are here to provide options for treatment regarding this problem.
It can be difficult to determine the exact cause of a TMJ disorder because it can be due to a combination of factors including genetics or arthritis. The positive news is that, in most cases, a TMJ disorder tends to be a temporary issue that can be relieved through self-management and other nonsurgical treatments.
It’s important to understand the symptoms that could point to a TMJ disorder. If you can spot the symptoms, you will be able to get the appropriate help. Some symptoms include:
- Pain/Tenderness of the jaw
- Pain/Tenderness in one of both of your TMJ
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Chewing is difficult and painful
- Facial pains/aches
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth due to the joint locking
A TMJ disorder may be identifiable by audible clicking of the jaw or a grating sensation when you open your mouth or chew, but if there is no pain or limitations related to movement, then you probably do not need assistance for TMJ disorders.
Causes of TMJ
Knowing the symptoms is a very important piece for treating your TMJ issues but knowing what causes these issues is very valuable and useful information as well.
TMJ disorders can occur when:
- The disk moves out of its proper position/alignment
- When arthritis damages the joint’s cartilage
- Damage to the joint by impact
You need to see a doctor or seek other medical assistance if pain and tenderness in your jaw is persistent and if you are unable to open/close your jaw completely. Dr. Alkhoury is available for you to discuss causes and treatments for whatever TMJ problems you are facing. You should give Dr. Jamil Alkhoury at TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of San Francisco a call at 415 870-7232 to set up an appointment.