Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ) and Treatments Available
The temporomandibular joint is a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw.
The exact cause of the pain is often difficult to determine but may be due to a combination of factors, such as genetics, arthritis, or jaw injury. Some people who develop jaw pain tend to clench or grind their teeth, although many habitually clench or grind their teeth and never complain of TMJ disorders.
Symptoms of TMJ disorders
- Pain and tenderness in the temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Tinnitus (ringing noise in the ear)
- Pain while chewing
- Facial pain or Migraines
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
TMJ disorders can also cause a clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth or chew.
Role of Regenerative Therapies in TMJ disorders
In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders are temporary and can be relieved with self-managed such as exercising the jaw muscles to reduce teeth clenching. Surgery should typically be the last resort after all conservative measures have failed.
For years these were the only available line of treatment along with pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications. The management of TMJ Disorders or Pain has been recently revolutionized by Stem Cell Treatments using a bone marrow cellular extract from the patient with amazing results.
Regenerative Treatments are office-based therapies performed under local anaesthesia and are no different than visiting your dentist. The procedure takes no longer than 1 – 2 hours but a diagnostic test injection is done on your first visit. In Severe cases, more than one treatment may be needed but the results achieved have been life-changing for our patients.
What Do I Do Next?
The most important part of any treatment is reaching a proper diagnosis.
Dr Gehad El Bastawisy, a Pain Management Specialist with 30 years of experience, was the first doctor to introduce regenerative medicine for pain management in Ireland.
Contact Regenecare Pain Management Clinics in Cork, Dublin, or Cavan, to find out how we can relieve your TMJ pain. In most cases a combination of treatment protocols may be needed.
Book an appointment with Dr Gehad and take the first step of your treatment journey with Regenecare Pain Management.
A referral letter is not required.