TMJ Arthropathy

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Arthritis is a common sickness that can reach other parts of the body, such as the face. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is the connection of the jawbone and the skull, is prone to this sickness as well. And when it affects this area of the face, it may lead to TMJ arthropathy.

What is TMJ arthropathy?

TMJ arthropathy is a disorder where arthritis has reached the jaw. If a patient has this, it can affect the bite or the alignment of the teeth depending on how the condition developed. This can lead to a breakdown of the cartilage, inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, or several other problems with the jaws and muscles.

How is TMJ arthropathy diagnosed?

Diagnosing a disorder of the temporomandibular joint requires the patient to watch out for several symptoms since it can develop in different ways. Common symptoms include the following:

  • Jaw pain
  • Stiffness on one or both of the TMJ area
  • Pain while chewing food
  • Jaw locking
  • Aching face

Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and bruxism (cavities) can cause an individual to develop TMJ arthropathy. Taking note of these symptoms can provide a doctor with the cause of the condition and offer the proper treatment for it.

What is the treatment for TMJ arthropathy?

Aside from lifestyle changes such as practicing proper hygiene and consuming soft food, chronic pain TMJ arthropathy can be managed with TMJ injection. This treatment uses steroid medication to provide pain relief for this condition. Schedule a consultation at Torrance Pain Institute to learn more about TMJ injection in Torrance.