Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome or TMJ joint disorders are medical problems related to the jaw joint. The TMJ connects the lower jaw to the skull (temporal bone) under your ear and facial muscles control chewing. Problems in this area can cause head and neck pain, a jaw that is locked in position or difficult to open, problems biting, and popping sounds when you bite. Treatment for TMJ syndrome is most successful when the symptoms are recognized early and treatment is sought quickly. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the longer treatment will take to resolve the problem. 99% of our patients are successfully treated without the use of a surgical procedure.
The goal of TMJ/TMD treatment is to achieve maximum medical improvement restoring patient comfort and normal function. For some patients, the ideal can be achieved, while for others, depending on the nature and stage of the illness, effective management is the maximum goal and reduction of painful symptoms.
Dr. Riley Lunn has 40+ years of expertise in treating TMD/TMJ issues, as well as founder and publisher of The Journal of Cranio Mandibular and Sleep Practice, the world’s oldest and largest journal in the world devoted to temporomandibular disorders and sleep medicine. Because many of our staff have also benefited from treatment, our team listens while encouraging questions to find solutions for our patient family, ensuring trust and confidence that their issues will be resolved.
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