Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ)

The temporomandibular 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 include:

  • 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 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 excellent results.

The Regenerative Treatment is office-based and under local anesthesia and is no different than visiting your dentist and should take no longer than 1 – 2 hours. In Severe cases, more than one treatment may be needed, but with results achieved have been life-changing for our patients.

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