If you have chronic pain in your jaw or a popping or grating sensation when you open and close your mouth, you might be suffering from TMJ disorder. Parvaz Farnad Mizrahi, DDS, MPH, is a renowned oral and maxillofacial surgeon who provides exceptional treatments for TMJ disorder that can help alleviate your pain and restore your quality of life. To get started, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mizrahi at one of her clinics in Beverly Hills, California, or the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles. Book your visit by calling the office or using the convenient online tool.
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the complex joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. It’s located on either side of your face, right in front of your ears, and is composed of both hinge-like and sliding mechanisms.
TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a condition that affects your temporomandibular joint and/or the muscles and ligaments attached to it. Many people use the terms TMJ and TMD interchangeably, though the former technically refers to the joint itself, while the latter refers to the condition associated with the joint.
TMD can develop for a number of reasons, including:
It’s estimated that TMJ disorder affects more than 10 million Americans, most of whom are women between the ages of 20 and 40.
If you’re suffering from TMJ disorder, you might experience:
If you’re experiencing any of these conditions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mizrahi. She can perform a thorough examination of your joint to determine the cause of your symptoms and develop a treatment plan to help alleviate them.
Dr. Mizrahi’s first course of action in the treatment of TMJ disorder is to relieve your symptoms, particularly any swelling and pain. In order to alleviate your joint pain and muscle spasms, she can prescribe pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, or muscle relaxants, or she can inject a special steroid directly into your joint.
Once your symptoms are reduced, she works on treating the condition itself. She starts conservatively by recommending some self-care techniques, like resting your jaw, incorporating more soft foods into your diet, and icing the affected area.
If your TMJ still persists, she moves on to nonsurgical treatment options, like a splint, Botox®, or laser therapy. An injection of Botox directly into your affected joint relieves the tension of your stressed muscles, which can dramatically improve the condition, while laser treatments penetrate the tissues around your TMJ and the TMJ itself to decrease inflammation and stimulate healing.
If nonsurgical treatments haven’t cleared up your TMJ disorder, Dr. Mizrahi might recommend surgical options, like open-joint repair, restorative dental work, orthodontics, or bite adjustment surgery. Although these procedures are highly effective in treating TMJ, they’re more invasive, so Dr. Mizrahi reserves them for more severe cases of TMD.
Find relief from TMJ disorder today by scheduling an appointment with Parvaz Farnad Mizrahi, DDS, MPH. You can call the office directly, or book your visit using the convenient online tool.