Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ)

Patients with TMJ problems can have pain overlying their TM joints, pain and limited opening of their mouths, pain in their ears, ringing of their ears and radiating pain to their neck, back and shoulders.  They can also have chronic headaches which may mimic “migraine type headaches.”

Treatment is best performed after a thorough history and clinical examination is performed.  This may also involve x-ray imaging of the TM Joints with Panorex x-ray, Cone-Beam scans and possibly MRI x-rays of the TM Joints.

Treatment for these problems generally starts with conservative therapy.  This includes TM Joint bite splint therapy, physical therapy and possible trigger point injections to the face and neck.  Muscle relaxants and pain medications are usually utilized.  Sometimes psychological counseling is recommended.  Most patients respond well to this conservative therapy.

Should conservative therapy fail, than consideration for possible surgical intervention may be indicated.  The details of this surgery are best determined after MRI x-ray imaging of the TM Joints.  This surgery could include conventional repair of the meniscus and surgical removal of scanning and joint adhesions.  If severe arthritis and joint destruction is present, this may include partial joint replacement or total joint replacement of the temporomandibular joint.  This surgery is similar to surgical reconstruction of the knee or hip joint with prosthetic joint replacement.

Dr. Walker has been performing these different surgical procedures for over 30 years’ time.  He is a recognized expert in these temporomandibular joint surgical procedures and has published papers in the medical literature concerning these TM Joint surgical procedures.

As a graduate of both dental and medical school and completion of a four-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, this better helps me understand the many different problems causing patients to have TMJ pain.

Some of these are dental problems with malocclusion of the teeth, excessive grinding or wearing of the teeth, and muscle spasms, which are present.

Other medical concerns are patients with degenerative arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Patients with cysts and tumors of the jaws can also have chronic pain. Other times, psychological issues and problems can mimic, these same pain issues and TM Joint problems.

Seeing patients with these TMJ problems over the last 30 years’ time, better helps me establish an accurate diagnosis. Treatment options can then proceed, based on these diagnostic treatment findings.

Do You Have a TMJ Disorder?

Are you having trouble with your jaw? TMJ or the temporomandibular joint acts as a sliding hinge between the jawbone and the skull, and is the most constantly used joint in the body. TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

If you:

  • Often wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws
  • Experience frequent headaches or neck aches
  • Experience severe pain when you clench or grind your teeth
  • Have jaws that click, catch, or lock when you open your mouth
  • Have had problems with your other joints
  • Have teeth that meet differently from time to time
  • Have teeth that are sensitive, loose, broken, or worn

You may have TMJ disorder. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, your first course of action should be to consult with a specialist.

We are Salt Lake City’s experts on TMJ treatment, diagnosis, and advice. Help from Crayton R. Walker, DDS, MD is the first step to understanding more about the problem and finding the best possible solution to improve and restore the harmony and function of your jaw.

TMJ Disorder Treatments

Dr. Walker offers patients suffering TMJ disorder a number of treatments and advice. Treatment is best performed after a thorough history and clinical examination. We can begin to help you feel better once we do an examination and determine the best individual treatment plan for you.

We offer a wide range of TMJ treatments in Salt Lake City that include X-ray imaging of the TM Joints with Panorex X-ray, Cone-Beam scans, and possibly MRI X-rays of the TM Joints. We typically start with a conservative treatment plan and then move to surgical procedures if necessary.

Dr. Walker has been performing these surgical procedures for over 30 years. He is one of the most recognized experts in TMJ surgical procedures treatments in Salt Lake City and the western US. Alleviate your pain and discomfort and call today. You can also visit myoms-tmj for more information on the topic.