The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When this joint is damaged, it can result in a condition called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ disorder can lead to teeth or jaw damage & misalignment, grinding of the teeth, poor posture, increased stress, joint pain, and gum biting.
The signs and indications of TMJ disorder are a clicking jaw, ear pain, popping sounds in ears, migraines, firm or sore jaw muscles, temple pain, or locked jaw.
Most people can manage TMJ pain with simple techniques, including applying an ice pack on the joint, over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammation drugs (NSAIDs), avoiding chewing gum, massaging the jaw and neck, and stress management. When home treatment does not work, restorative treatment for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder include dental braces, infusions, non-intrusive therapy, physician-prescribed medication, and in severe cases, may require surgery.
When conventional treatment modalities don’t help relieve the pain, and a person is not a surgical candidate or does not wish to have surgery, regenerative medicine, such as PRP and Stem Cell Therapy can be good alternatives.