TMJ Treatment in San Ramon
TMJ is the shorter way to refer to your temporomandibular joint. This small, sliding hinge-like joint is located on each side of the jaw and it gets a great deal of use—whenever we speak, bite, chew, yawn, or even just open our mouths slightly, the TMJ is hard at work.
We rarely even think about the TMJ until it starts causing pain. If you live around San Ramon and you suffer from TMJ / TMD, you can see Dr. Bigman and the team at Bigman Orthodontics for therapy.
Types of TMD
Chronic TMJ pain is called temporomandibular disorder or TMD. There are three types of TMD:
- Arthritis, a degenerative inflammatory disorder.
- Internal derangement of the joint, a term we use to describe a displaced disc or dislocated jaw
- Myofascial pain, which refers to the pain in the muscles that operate the TMJ
Botox Treatment for TMD
To treat TMD, we must first diagnose the underlying cause of your TMJ pain. A mild case of TMD can be treated with home care, including ice packs and soft food diets when you’re experiencing a flare up of symptoms. For more severe TMD, anti-inflammatory medication, stabilization splints, or injections can offer relief.
If your overactive jaw muscles cause your TMJ pain, therapeutic Injections can be particularly helpful. By paralyzing the muscles, the inflammation surrounding the joint subsides and tension in the jaw is relieved.
Cosmetic injections for TMJ can even improve your facial appearance, relaxing overworked muscles for a softer, less square jaw.
Get a TMJ Consultation
Stop your pain, and schedule a TMJ consultation with Dr. Bigman at our San Ramon office.