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TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)


Facial Pain Evaluation
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. If you have had symptoms like pain or a "clicking" sound, you'll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some types of TMJ problems 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. Dr. Baker or Dr. Chionchio can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.

Reasons for Jaw Trouble

TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth, tighten your jaw muscles and stress your TM joint. Or, you may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noises when you open your mouth, or trouble opening your mouth wide.

Not all facial pain problems are TMJ problems. Atypical facial neuralgias and clinical depression, as well as dental and TMJ pain can contribute to generalized or specific facial pain. It is often important to receive input from a variety of dental and medical specialists in an effort to pinpoint specific causes of facial pain.

There are various treatment options that Dr. Baker or Dr. Chionchio can utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of temporomandibular disorder, Dr. Baker or Dr. Chionchio will determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care as well as professional care.

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