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Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Scottsdale, AZ

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ, TMD or TMJD) is a general term for any disorder causing inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects the skull to the jaw and controls the opening and closing of the mouth. Inflammation of the joint can cause unpleasant and painful symptoms like headaches, facial pain, tenderness in the jaw, difficulty chewing and jaw locking. If you’re experiencing this discomfort in Scottsdale, Arizona, you’re likely desperate for relief. Dr. Fattah and our team at Scottsdale Family Smiles specialize in TMJ disorder treatment and are here to help you.

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Why Do TMJ Disorders Occur?

The temporomandibular joint combines a hinge action with sliding motions. The parts of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and are separated by a shock-absorbing disc. The disc can move out of its proper alignment for several reasons, including an incorrect bite, traumatic dislocation or if the muscle connected goes into spasm. The joint’s cartilage can also become worn down due to arthritis.

Though the exact cause of a person’s TMJ disorder can be difficult to determine, there are certain risk factors. These include arthritis, teeth grinding and injury to the jaw.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Treating TMJD at Scottsdale Family Smiles can allow patients to manage pain levels without surgical intervention. Depending on the severity of symptoms, Dr. Fattah may demonstrate various relaxation techniques to loosen the jaw muscles, instruct patients on how to perform jaw joint massages or suggest the use of warm to cold compresses and over-the-counter pain
medication.

In more serious cases where significant medical intervention is needed, there are various treatments available to help manage pain and discomfort. We may recommend physical therapy, as well as dental splints or retainers to keep the jaw positioned correctly to avoid added tension.

Why Choose Scottsdale Family Smiles for TMJD Treatment?

Our team is trained and highly-skilled in the treatment of TMJ disorders. It’s our ultimate goal to help our patients maintain a high quality of life, and our caring and knowledgeable staff can help individuals suffering from TMJ pain find relief.

Schedule an appointment today in Scottsdale, Arizona to discuss how we can help you relieve your TMJD symptoms. Call us at 480-607-6937.

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TMJ Treatment

Scottsdale, AZ

To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling (480) 607-6937.

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