TMJ Surgery

TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge that joins your lower jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. It allows you to open and close your mouth, and move your jaw from side to side. Injuries to this area can cause pain and difficulty when eating, speaking, or otherwise moving the jaw. Luckily, these types of problems are easily diagnosed and treated.

What Causes TMJ Problems?

TMJ disorders can develop for many different reasons. These can include natural causes such as arthritis, or stress-induced causes such as clenching or grinding the teeth. As a result of any damage to the joint, the joint can slip out of position causing a clicking or popping noise when moving the jaw, as well as a misaligned bite and pain.

TMJ Symptoms

Below are a few common symptoms of TMJ:

  • Waking up with stiff or sore muscles in the jaw
  • Nighttime grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Clicking or popping noises when you move your jaw
  • Frequent neck pain or headaches
  • Difficulty or pain when yawning or chewing
  • Misaligned bite
  • Sensitive or loosening teeth

Any combination of the above symptoms can point to a TMJ disorder. It’s important that you make an appointment right away to minimize the damage to your jaw.

TMJ Surgery

Only 20% of TMJ sufferers will ever need surgery to fix the problem. However if you have a severe case, surgery can eliminate your symptoms. Surgery is considered when the jaw is dislocated, can’t open, or has severe degeneration.

If you believe you have a TMJ disorder, please don’t hesitate to contact Brighton Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, located in Brighton, CO. Dr. Matthew Schacht is passionate about bringing comfort, confidence, and health to each and every one of his patients.