TMJ Treatment in Las Cruces, NM
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which is the bone structure, muscles and connective tissues that surround the jaw and control chewing. When patients experience disorders of this joint, they are said to have a temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. Symptoms of TMD include pain and tenderness near the jaw, as well as popping or clicking in the joint when speaking or chewing.
There are many ways of treating TMJ disorders, ranging from non-invasive therapy and bite splints to injections or surgery. Left untreated, however, TMJ disorders can lead to headaches, muscle pain, malocclusion and tooth damage from grinding or clenching.
Did you know…
that TMD alone is not a disorder, but instead a collection of disorders that affect the temporomandibular joint? It is the second most common pain-causing musculoskeletal condition in the U.S. according to the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, as many as 12 percent of Americans may suffer from some type of TMD, with women twice as likely to be affected than men. But despite the prevalence and wide availability of treatment, only one out every three people with TMD fails to seek treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect if I undergo treatment for TMJ disorder?
TMJ disorder treatment varies from patient to patient, so it’s likely your experience may be different when compared to someone else’s. Dr. Borham may require you to adopt certain lifestyle changes to help facilitate rehabilitation in your jaw.
In some cases, you may be asked to avoid sudden jaw movements, such as yelling or yawning. Positional therapy, or sleeping on your back, can also be a preventive step to help reduce stress levels. If you’re experiencing symptoms related to TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation with Dr. Borham by calling (575) 523-5589. During the consultation, he’ll evaluate your symptoms and provide you with a customized treatment plan.
How do I know if TMD treatment is right for me?
If you’re experiencing pain associated with TMJ disorder, Dr. Borham will evaluate the extent of the condition and determine what course of treatment is best for you. Typically, the initial treatment for TMD involves conservative treatments, or a non-surgical procedure, and bite guards.
Medications may also be used to relax the jaw or relieve pain. Patients who do not respond to conservative treatments may be considered for surgery or joint injections.
Can TMJ disorder go away on its own?
Certain lifestyle changes may decrease the effects of TMJ, however, for long-lasting results, it’s best coupled with other interventions such as a bite guard or physical therapy. During your initial consultation, Dr. Borham will examine your oral health and determine the best course of action based on your needs.
What causes TMJ disorder?
There are many known causes of TMJ disorder, also referred to as TMD. Some of the possible causes include physical injury, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, stress, arthritis, clenching or grinding of the teeth during sleep, dental surgeries, poor posture, and infections.
What if I don’t seek treatment for TMD?
If left untreated, TMJ can have serious consequences that may have otherwise been avoided. You may experience joint damage and inflammation, wearing down your teeth, ear ringing, and hearing damage or loss. If you’re experiencing TMJ disorder, it’s best to put the painful symptoms to rest before they have lasting effects.
Contact our Las Cruces location by calling (575) 523-5589. One of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to answer any questions you may have.