The temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are among the most complex joints in the body. While most joints only move in one direction, like the elbow, the TMJs are responsible for moving your jaw back and forth, up and down, and side to side, enabling you to chew, speak and communicate with others through facial expressions. TMJ disorder occurs when these joints become damaged or inflamed, causing pain and a number of other uncomfortable symptoms. At TMJ & Sleep Therapy of Utah in Payson, Utah, we offer customized treatment options for TMJ pain to help you achieve lasting relief.
TMJ disorder can manifest in different ways for patients who are suffering from the condition. If you have TMJ disorder, you may be experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
There are a number of factors that can contribute to the pain and inflammation of TMJ disorder, including:
At TMJ & Sleep Therapy of Utah, Dr. Cheyn Gunnerson performs an in-depth evaluation and consultation with you to determine whether you have TMJ disorder, and if so, what the underlying cause is. The best treatment option for TMJ disorder is highly dependent on what is causing it, and Dr. Gunnerson will walk through the TMJ therapy options that are best for your specific needs so you can make an informed decision about your care. Common treatment options include the use of an oral orthodontic device to better align the jaw, cold laser therapy to reduce inflammation and pain, and myofunctional therapy to activate and improve the function of the muscles surrounding the joints to reduce the stresses placed on them.