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Garland, TX 75043
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Here is a brief description of the TMJ (the jaw joint) and pain associated with it:
The normal anatomy of the TMJ consists of three major components.
People who suffer from symptoms such as headaches, earaches, tenderness of the jaw muscles, or dull, aching facial pain may suffer from TMD (often called TMJ) -temporomandibular joint disorders. The muscles and joints may not function properly, resulting in cycles of pain and spasms. Pain in the jaw joint are can have a variety of causes and, can be treated. You may also have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Since TMD symptoms (e.g. tooth clenching or grinding, headaches, jaw pain or discomfort, clicking, popping, grating, difficulty in closing your jaw) can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important. No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely, and treatment takes time to be effective and to relieve you of the pain your experiencing.
Temporomandibular Joint problems (TMJ) are diversely classified as intracapsular and extracapsular conditions. Intracapsular being in the joint structures like the mandibular condyle, the articular disc and the glenoid fossa. Extracapsular being in the muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding and connecting to the TM joints and mandible itself.
Dr. Kerbel can help you manage TMJ related pain through appliance therapy. Treatment is based on determining the underlying cause of the problem and if possible correcting it. Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) can help to reduce inflammation in the jaw. Muscle spasms or muscle tension may be relieved by using moist heat packs on the affected area. A diet of soft foods is recommended. Fortunately, surgery of the jaw is rarely required, especially if conservative treatment is started when symptoms first begin.
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Our address is:
Gregory Allen Kerbel, D.D.S.- Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
3260 Southern Drive, Suite A
Garland, Texas 75043