Clayton Oral Surgery & St. Charles Oral Surgery

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

St. Louis, MO

314.862.0700, 866.798.9602

 

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For information on TMJ or to schedule an appointment call us in St. Louis, MO area, Clayton 314.862.0700 or St Charles 866.798.9602.

TMJ Disorders

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders describe a host of problems that affect the bite, jaw joint, and muscle of the head and neck. If you have had symptoms like pain or a "clicking" sound, you'll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.

No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely and treatment takes time to be effective. Dr. Bedrock can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw. Dr. Bedrock is experienced in the diagnosis and management of the TMJ disorders. He will work with your dentist, orthodontist, physical therapist and neurologist.

Trouble with Your Jaw?

TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth, tightening your jaw muscles and stressing your TM joint. Or, you may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noises when you open your mouth, or trouble opening your mouth wide.

Do You Have a TMJ Disorder?

  • Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
  • Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
  • Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
  • Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
  • Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
  • Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
  • Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat or yawn?
  • Have you ever injured your neck, head or jaws?
  • Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
  • Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
  • Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
  • Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
  • Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?

The more times you answered "yes," the more likely it is that you have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help you understand how they're treated.

Treatment

There are various treatment options that Dr. Bedrock can utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Dr. Bedrock will determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care as well as professional care. Should surgery be required, Dr. Bedrock is specially qualified to handle such procedures as:

  • Facial Pain Diagnosis
  • TMJ Disorder
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Anthroscopic TMJ surgery
  • Laser assisted TMJ surgery
  • TMJ Microsurgery
  • TMJ Reconstructive surgery
  • Artificial Jaw Replacement