Monica Munoz, DDS
General Dentist located in Monrovia, CA
TMJ treatment is necessary for Monrovia, California and surrounding area patients who are suffering from pain in the jawbone and surrounding muscles. If you are experiencing this issue, contact the dental practice of Dr. Monica Muñoz, DDS for quality and effective care for issues relating to the temporomandibular joint.
TMJ Treatment Q & A
What does TMJ mean?
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the jawbone (the mandible) to the skull (the temporal bone). This joint is easily identified by placing a finger in the spot just shy of the ears. If you open your mouth, you can feel the TMJ contracting. The sliding action of this joint enables you to chew your food, speak, and even yawn. In addition to the bones connecting the joint, there are also a number of muscles that work together to allow the TMJ to function.
The very complex hinge and sliding action of the TMJ makes it one of the most complicated joints in the body. This is why, when problems arise in the TMJ, it’s best to see an experienced professional like Monica Muñoz, DDS who can accurately detect and treat the underlying issue.
Why would I need TMJ treatment?
There is a wide range of disorders and conditions affecting the TMJ. Excessive tension in the surrounding muscles, trauma to the joint, or misaligned teeth are all potential causes of pain and discomfort in the TMJ. People who suffer from TMJ disorders may experience:
- Clicking or popping in the jaw area
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Jaw pain
- Soreness in the surrounding area
If you are having any of the above symptoms, it’s vital that you are evaluated by your dentist immediately to prevent further damage or deterioration of teeth, bone, and/or muscle tissue.
What is involved in TMJ treatment?
Usually, problems in the TMJ are transient and go away on their own. To learn more about TMJ please call Dr Munoz, she can assess and monitor your TMJ condition to ensure that it does not worsen.
Treatments may include extracting teeth, filling gaps between teeth, adjusting the bite, and moving teeth among others. You may be prescribed medications, require the use of an oral splint or mouth guard, and be taught mouth exercises to help you improve your condition.
We accept most major dental insurances. Please contact our office for more information on insurance coverage.