The movement of the jaw is vital for our everyday activities, such as biting and chewing food, talking, laughing, yawning, etc. The joint connecting the lower jaw to the skull comes into the picture during this movement and is called the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). When the tissues around the joint sustain inflammation, it can lead to a condition called the TMJ Disorder (TMD), which can hinder the ideal movement of the lower jaw.
When you visit our dental practice to get TMD treated, we will conduct a thorough diagnosis by using our 3D cone beam technology to develop a suitable treatment plan. It may include massage therapy to relieve the stress tissues, medications, or a suitable bruxism guard. The guard has to be worn at night before going to bed, as it prevents contact between the teeth of either jaw to eliminate wear. It also significantly reduces the stress applied to the TMJ and surrounding tissues. Depending on the severity of the condition, we may suggest BOTOX therapy or surgery to treat the condition.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (503) 574-4000 to have a consultation with Dr. Sepehri, and we will be happy to help.