TMJs are the Temporomandibular joints that are positioned at the back of the jaw, just in front of the ears. These joints are responsible for the various movements necessary to chew, speak, smile, laugh, and more. They work in conjunction with several other structures, including ligaments and muscles that wrap around the head and neck.
The condition referred to as TMJ disorder is when the joints in the jaw have stopped functioning properly. Until treatment addresses the underlying problem, symptoms are likely to worsen. The discomforts that occur with TMJ disorder range from patient to patient but may include:
- Localized pain in the joints in front of and around the ears.
- Generalized facial pain or a dull ache.
- Clicking or popping sounds when the mouth is opened and closed.
- Limited range of motion of the jaw.
- Lockjaw, where the jaw becomes stuck in a certain position.
- Chronic tension headaches or migraines.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Chronic pain in the neck and or shoulders.
Dr. Porcelli seeks to treat TMJ disorder by identifying the cause of undue stress on the Temporomandibular joints. Treatment is different for each person due to variations in the root cause of dysfunction.
At Bluffton Center for Dentistry, our goal in treating TMJ disorder is to relieve discomfort and restore functionality to the highest degree. Our approach to care is multi-faceted so that we may re-balance the relationship between the joints and the muscles associated with them.