The hinge responsible for allowing the mouth to open and close is called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. If you place your fingers directly in front of your ears and open and close your mouth, you can feel this joint. We use our TMJ in everyday activities, such as speaking and chewing.
A TMJ disorder is present when there is pain in and around the joint and surrounding muscles. Although it is a common condition, its cause is varied. Common causes of a TMJ disorder include
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a TMJ disorder:
Many TMJ disorders can be effectively treated using nonsurgical methods, such as pain relievers, bite guards, or physical therapy. However, if conservative treatments fail, or in the case of severe TMJ, surgical intervention may be recommended.
When you come to Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery, you will meet with one of our experienced oral surgeons, who will perform a complete oral examination, review and/or request any diagnostic scans, and develop a treatment plan for your condition. If surgery is determined to be the right treatment for you, you are in excellent hands: Dr. Falk and Dr. Moody are highly skilled in end-stage total joint replacement.
Our state-of-the-art offices are located in Summerlin, NV, and Centennial Hills, NV, for your convenience. Dr. Falk and Dr. Moody are experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons who perform the full scope of oral surgery with the highest standard of care and specialize in end-stage total joint replacement of the TMJ. Contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment.