The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) attaches your lower jaw to your skull. This ball-and-socket joint is one of the most complex in your body and responsible for the great mobility of the lower jaw. The temporomandibular joint can move in any direction allowing you to comfortably bite, chew, talk, yawn, and use your jaw without painful restraint. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) can develop from night time grinding, injury to the joint or problems with the alignment of the teeth. TMD can include chronic jaw and joint pain, headaches, teeth grinding and clenching, sore facial muscles, popping and clicking, joint immobility, and lockjaw.
Injury, osteoarthritis, immobility, tumor, or developmental deformity can all lead to TMD. At Ellis Oral Surgery we can provide you lasting relief with individualized TMJ treatment in Gahanna and Upper Arlington, OH. Our experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon has specialized medical, dental, and surgical training to help you restore regular function to your jaw while eliminating discomfort. Our first approach will always be a conservative method, although our surgical team has the experience and expertise to provide complex surgical treatment plans if deemed necessary.
Although we are experienced in the most complex surgical solutions to TMJ disorder, depending on your specific case, a more conservative solution may be the relief you need. We welcome you to a consultation at our practice in Gahanna and Upper Arlington, OH to complete an oral exam where we will then discuss your treatment options, limitations, and next steps. Understanding treatment solutions that alleviate TMJ disorder:
With a 95% success rate and FDA clearance, this custom-made oral appliance is worn over the teeth to prevent grinding and clenching while helping to keep the jaw and teeth in proper alignment. This TMJ splint is a small acrylic appliance that fits comfortably in the mouth and is uniquely designed to relieve jaw joint inflammation.
Surgery that corrects the position of the upper or lower jawbone. The treatment brings the jaw and teeth back into alignment, therefore, restoring function.
Repairing or replacing the TM joint(s) with a custom-fitted implant to restore proper and comfortable function for everyday movements.
If you are one of the 70 million individuals in the U.S. managing one or more symptoms of TMJ disorder, it’s time to regain a healthier, more comfortable lifestyle. When left untreated, over time TMJ disorders can lead to other serious health conditions. When you begin to prioritize your wellbeing by seeking TMJ care, you are that much closer to a lifestyle that includes the comfortable function of your jaw. Ask our treatment coordinator about affordability options to make your proposed treatment plan possible.