TMJ / Jaw Disorders
Downey, CA

“Don’t let your jaw get stuck!”

Temporomandibular joint disorders involve any problem with your jaw and the muscles that move it. At Amir Sanjabi, DDS, we examine your jaw and provide appropriate treatment so that you live a life free of pain.

The temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. The joints are present near the front of each ear and allow your jaw to open and close, and move side to side.

Symptoms Of TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders may result in serious pain that can last for years. Some of the symptoms include:
•  Pain in your jaw, joint areas and around your ear when you chew or speak.
•  Difficulty in chewing.
•  Difficulty in speaking.
•  Popping or clicking sound when you move your jaw.
•  Jaw getting locked while opening or closing your mouth.
•  Uncomfortable and misaligned bites.
•  Swelling on the side of the face.
•  Ringing in the ears.
•  Facial ache.

Causes Of TMJ Disorders

There may be multiple causes for TMD, including injury to the face, neck or head, like experiencing whiplash. However, in many cases, the causes are not easily identified. TMJ disorders can occur if:
•  The shock-absorbing discs in the joint move out of place or have already started to erode.
•  The joint becomes damaged because of a hard blow.
•  Arthritis in the joint.
•  Clenching your teeth, which places enormous pressure on the joint.

How Is TMD Diagnosed?

Since the exact causes of these symptoms are often not clear, it can be quite difficult to diagnose a TMJ disorder. At, Amir Sanjabi, DDS, we will discuss your symptoms, take your medical history and check your head, neck, face, and jaw for any swelling, tenderness, popping or movement difficulty. We will also check your bite, see if your teeth align properly and check any issues that may exist with your facial muscles. You may also be required to get an x-ray or some other tests like MRI and computer tomography.

Many other conditions can cause symptoms similar to TMJ disorders like sinus issues, gum disease, toothache, and arthritis. Once you have been diagnosed, we will treat your symptoms with:

•  Over-the-counter pain medications, anti-inflammatories, antidepressants and muscle relaxants.
•  Therapies such as the use of mouth guards, oral splints, and jaw stretching and strengthening exercises.
•  Occlusional equilibration, to adjust your upper and lower jaw, to. fix your bite.
•  Invisalign®, which are clear orthodontic aligners that can fix the position of your jaw, and hence help with TMJ disorders.
•  Corticosteroid and Botox injections.
•  Minimally-invasive surgery options, like arthrocentesis and TMJ arthroscopy.

Is Open-Jaw Surgery a Good Option for TMJ Disorders?

Aggressive surgical treatment should be used as a last resort when medicinal and other treatments have all failed, and the symptoms remain severe. Open-joint surgery of the jaw is often irreversible, and there are no valid and long-term clinical trials that prove the effectiveness or lessen the risks of temporomandibular surgery.

TMJ disorders are complicated and can be caused by multiple causes. If your symptoms do not go away as quickly as you like, don’t be discouraged. There are several non-invasive treatment options available, and you may have to undergo some trial and error to figure out what works best for your jaw.

If you feel you have any concerns about the health of your jaw, feel free to call us at (562) 287-8016 and consult us.
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