TMJ/TMD Treatment



TMJ/TMD Therapy Scottsdale Arizona

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) syndrome, is an umbrella term covering acute or chronic inflammation of the joint tissue and muscles, which connect the lower jaw to the skull. The disorder and resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain and discomfort. Because the disorder transcends the boundaries between several health-care disciplines in particular, dentistry, neurology, physical therapy and psychology there are a variety of quite different treatment approaches.

Phoenix Arizona Laser DentistryWe have developed a custom TMJ Questionaire to help you determine if you are experiencing signs or symptoms typically associated with TMJ.
Symptoms vary in their presentation and can be very complex. Oftentimes the symptoms will involve more than one of the three components: muscles associated with TMj, the Temporomandibular joints, and how the teeth are affected by TMJ.

How to Tell if You Have a TMJ Problem:

The average patient will not know if they have sustained a joint injury in an accident because the wide range of different pain symptoms that occur can be confusing. Pain can occur almost immediately or can remain latent and not be noticed by a patient for long periods of time. The only way to determine for certain if the victim of head neck trauma has sustained an injury is to have a complete evaluation.

Very often medication or physical therapy for other injuries can mask the problem until it becomes substantially worse and becomes overwhelmingly obvious to the injured victim and the treating health care provider.

The most common symptoms realted to TMJ are pain in front of the ears especially while chewing, clicking noises in the jaw hinge joints, headaches at the sides of the head, and pain in the back of the neck. Quite often there is a feeling that the bite is off or there is pain while chewing. Senisitivity to bright lights, ear aches and inability to open and close the mouth normally are extremely common.

Dr. Enrico E. DiVito, DDS, P.C.

Dr. DiVito is a dentist with advanced training for the non-surgical management of TMJ disorders. He is a native of Phoenix and has practiced in Scottsdale since 1980. His staff is highly trained and experienced in helping manage sick and injured patients. A complete dental examination with appropriate x-rays is usually done to help determine if a victim of head neck trauma has sustained a TMJ injury. Sometimes an MRI study will also be needed to examine the soft structures that are damaged in these injuries. A complete TMJ evaluation can put the victim's mind at ease about the reason for the jaw and headache pain.

Dr. DiVito and his staff can provide complete non-surgical management of TMJ related injuries and can also treat damaged teeth and oral structures. In the event of head/neck trauma or other accident do not put off an early visit for a TMJ evaluation.

Treatment Options

Once the condition has been stabilized and the patient is comfortable, different treatment options are available. Since one treatment does not fit everyone, Dr. DiVito will discuss in detail all of your options for review.