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Dr. Harouni can help you if persistent jaw pain makes it hard to speak or chew your food. Dr. Harouni’s oral and maxillofacial surgery practice at Beverly Hills, CA provides both surgical and nonsurgical options for treatment, such as Arthrocentesis, nightguards, Arthroscopy, and Botox® therapy, to enhance jaw functionality and provide you relief from pain. Book an appointment with us online or call us to find out more about putting an end to TMJ disorders.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that is present on both sides of your head.It helps to connect the jaw and the skull.
TMJ disorders affect your jaw movement and can lead to persistent pain, making chewing and speaking difficult.
TMJ-related dysfunction and pain can be caused by a number of factors. TMJ disorder can occur if you suffer from bruxism, a condition in which you regularly clench or grind your teeth. You could also suffer from TMJ disorder as a result of:
Dr. Harouni can identify the main source of your jaw pain after a detailed dental examination and evaluation of an X-ray of your jaw.
You may have continuous soreness or pain in one or both jaw joints if you are suffering from a TMJ disorder. Other signs of TMJ disorder involve:
When you start moving your jaw, you may also notice a clicking sound or experience a grating sensation.
At first, Dr. Harouni may recommend nonsurgical pain relief treatments based on the intensity of your TMJ symptoms and the nature of your jaw problem. Over-the-counter or prescribed medications may be used to prevent swelling and pain in your jaw.
Dr. Harouni may also strongly advise oral appliances, such as a mouthguard, to prevent your teeth and jaw from clenching and grinding.
In some situations, corticosteroid injection therapy can provide relief from inflammation in the jaw joint. Dr. Harouni may also administer Botox injections, that temporarily paralyze the jaw muscles, to lessen painful chewing or speaking.
When non-surgical treatments fail to relieve pain or improve jaw function, Dr. Harouni may suggest minimally invasive surgery to fix jaw joint disorders.
Simple corrective jaw surgery can provide you relief from the pain and discomfort associated with a TMJ disorder. Dr. Harouni also gives advice on how to avoid the recurrence of TMJ-related symptoms after surgery. He might advise you to cut food items into small chunks for easier chewing and to refrain from having sticky food items.
Dr. Harouni may also give you home stretching exercises to increase the strength of your jaw muscles.
Book an appointment with us online or by calling the Beverly Hills office to get rid of your chronic jaw pain and TMJ disorder.
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