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TMJ Disorders: What You Need to Know

What is a TMJ Disorder?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders refer to a group of conditions that affect the jaw joint and the muscles that control its movement. This joint connects the lower jawbone to the skull and enables you to talk, chew, and yawn. TMJ disorders can cause pain or discomfort in the jaw, face, neck, and ear, as well as difficulty opening or closing the mouth, clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw, and headaches. The causes of TMJ disorders can vary and may include trauma to the jaw, arthritis, teeth grinding, and stress. Chronic TMJ issues may be the result of an undiagnosed issue contributing to the TMJ problem and preventing resolution. 

Diagnosis of TMJ Disorders

If you are experiencing unresolving symptoms such as pain or discomfort in the jaw, face, neck, and ear, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, or clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw, it is crucial to seek treatment from a Orofacial pain specialist. Often, these symptoms result from a combination of factors that require thorough evaluation and identification in order to improve.


At the Center, Dr. Jurash will:

  • spend time to review the complete history of your issue as well as you medical history to determine if there are any other health issues contributing.

  • perform a complete head and neck examination including screening for other physical or systemic issues that may be contributing.

  • order/evaluate appropriate imaging (xrays, mri, etc), blood work and diagnostic studies if needed. 

  • evaluate for the behavioral and psychosocial issues related to chronic pain.

Effective TMJD Treatment Options

Once you have been diagnosed with TMJ disorder, Dr. Jurash will collaborate with you to create a personalized treatment plan that can effectively manage your symptoms. Our range of treatment options includes:

  • Patient education, home exercise programs- Research shows that the more you actively participate in your treatment, the better your chances are of achieving a successful outcome.

  • Physical therapy- select providers

  • Thermal therapy

  • TMJ orthotics

  • Trigger point injections and dry needling 

  • Botox therapy for muscular issues

  • Joint injections for inflammation or "sticky" discs

  • Systemic or compounded topical medication when appropriate

  • Referrals to select specialists, imaging, blood work as necessary

Our approach focuses on providing you with a comprehensive range of options to help you find the most effective treatment plan for your specific needs. We understand that each person's experience with TMJ disorder is unique, and we are committed to working with you to achieve the best possible outcome.

Take Control of Your TMJ with The Center for Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine

Don't let TMJ disorders control your life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start on the path to a pain-free and comfortable jaw.

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