If you are experiencing jaw pain or discomfort, at Woodland Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we have experience treating issues that affect the alignment of your jaw and temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Our doctors will examine your TMJ for irregularities during your comprehensive or periodic exam in order to detect signs of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
What does the Temporomandibular joint do?
The purpose of your TMJ is to allow your mouth to move both up and down and side to side. When it is properly aligned, your teeth meet in their optimal bite position, allowing regular functions such as chewing and speaking to occur properly and without discomfort.
Normal TMJ function is essential not only for chewing and speaking, but for overall comfort in your jaw. When your TMJ is misaligned, you may experience headaches, extreme pain, and difficulty opening or closing your mouth. We can identify and treat these issues so that you do not experience additional concerns associated with TMD.
How is TMD treated?
There are several treatment methods available to treat TMD.
At Woodland Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we recommend a first approach at conservative treatment including medications, jaw physical therapy, and night guards. If conservative methods fail, our surgeons have extensive experience in helping you reduce your pain and improve jaw function with surgical procedures such as arthrocenthesis, arthroscopy, trigger point injection, or open joint surgery.