Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, which covers a broad range of severe oral and facial signs involving the jaw joint (TMJ) and the surrounding facial muscles. Signs may include pain in front of the ear, change in bite, limited mouth opening, headache, jaw locking, and joint noises. TMD, as it progresses, can cause symptoms affecting one’s daily quality of life. Happily, at the Face Dental Implant Center can provide both surgical and non-surgical options to treat this condition.
Many times TMD can involve a combination of a joint disorder, muscle spasm and clenching, and stress. Skeletal jaw relationships and tooth relationship (occlusion) also plays a role. When diagnosed and treated properly, the majority of patients will obtain relief from non-surgical and REVERSIBLE modalities. These include:
•Limitation of mouth opening
•Medications (anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants)
If a bite-guard, appliance is recommended, it should be custom, made out of hard acrylic and allow your jaw to be supported and move freely.
When these non-invasive treatments fail to relieve the symptoms of TMD, then surgery should be considered.
If the disc is damaged beyond repair, it must be removed. The decision to replace the disk is made at the time of surgery, either with artificial or natural material. This procedure is indicated only if the mandibular condyle is healthy, as determined by a pre-operative CT or MRI scan. Dr. Sultan normally performs this procedure in a number of Ft Lauderdale hospitals with general anesthesia with an overnight stay.