TMJ Syndrome Treatment in Delray Beach, FL

What is TMJ Syndrome?

TMJ syndrome is a type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD, that can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

TMJ dysfunction occurs when the muscles and ligaments around your jaw joints become inflamed or irritated.

Marcie Merson, MD has 25 years of experience diagnosing and treating patients with TMJ syndrome. If you’re experiencing symptoms of TMJ in the Palm Beach area, contact Palm Beach Pain Institute today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Merson.

More about TMJ

TMJ is an acronym that stands for temporomandibular joint.

It is pronounced (tem-puh-roe-man-DIB-u-lur) joint and connects your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw. It acts like a sliding hinge and helps with movements like chewing and speaking.

Symptoms of TMJ Syndrome

TNJ Syndrome is a condition that may be acute or chronic, and the resulting pain may be mild or severe.

You may experience TMJ pain due to:

  • Improper bite
  • Genetics
  • Arthritis
  • Jaw injury
  • Clenching teeth
  • Grinding teeth

You may also experience:

  • Jaw tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Facial pain
  • A locking sensation
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Swelling on the side of your face
  • Tooth pain

Treatment Options for TMJ Syndrome

If you suffer from TMJ syndrome, it may be temporary. There is a chance it can be relieved with self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments. Talk with your doctor for suggestions to relieve your pain.

However, if you have a chronic level of pain and do not see any improvement, you may be a candidate for more permanent measures like surgery.

Some non-invasive treatment options include:

  • Apply moist heat or cold packs to reduce pain
  • Eat soft foods to give your jaw a rest
  • Take aspirin or ibuprofen to help relieve pain or swelling
  • Talk to your dentist about a night guard mouthpiece to help support your bite and put your jaw in a better position overnight
  • Splints are another oral appliance option for full-time ware
  • Acupuncture to help stimulate natural healing and address pain points

If you are still experiencing TMJ pain you may consider:

  • Undergo corrective dental treatments to bring your bite to proper balance and alignment
  • Therapy to help reduce pain and relax your jaw and facial muscles is called Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Ultrasound is a deep heat treatment to relieve soreness and improve joint movement
  • Trigger-point injections with pain medication to provide relief
  • Radio wave therapy to increase blood flow
  • Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) injections to reduce muscle mass and inflammation
  • Biofeedback uses electronic instruments to detect areas of stress and tightness in your body

Some surgical treatment options for TMJ disorders include:

  • Arthrocentesis – for those who have their jaw suddenly lock when in a closed position, this surgery can help flush out the joint, remove scar tissue, and reduce inflammation
  • Arthroscopy – through a small incision in front of the ear the surgeon uses a lens instrument and a light to remove inflamed tissue or realign the disc or jaw with less scarring and less discomfort
  • Open-joint surgery – a traditional procedure used if there are tumors, wear to bony structures, severe scarring or bone chips, that result in longer recovery

Your provider will help you evaluate your needs and recommend the treatment option or surgery that is right for you.

When Should I Seek Help for TMJ Pain?

There are many providers that can help you get relief from your TMJ issues. If you have jaw pain or difficulty opening your mouth, you may need to seek help. The clicking or popping of the jaw can result in more serious issues later on. Similarly, if you grind or clench your teeth, this can lead to TMJ syndrome.

In some cases, TMJ pain can resolve on its own when stressful life events resolve or if you address the underlying cause of the issue.

However, in some situations, TMJ pain is due to structural issues with the jaw and teeth and you may need to seek treatment.

Schedule a Consultation in Delray Beach

As a TMJ specialist, Dr. Marcie Merson can discuss possible causes and treatments for your problem. Contact Palm Beach Pain Institute today so you can get the relief you need. Our office is located in Delray Beach, just a short drive from Boynton Beach and Boca Raton.

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