Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Treatment

The temporomandibular joint is the joint where the jawbone fits in with the skull, opening and closing as we need it to. As the jaw grows, unfortunately, issues can occur within this small joint, causing chronic pain and other problems that can interfere with a person’s overall quality of life.

TMJ disorders refer to a group of conditions that affect the joint and surrounding muscles. Some TMJ disorders resolve with time on their own, but in more severe cases, patients must make lifestyle changes or receive other treatments to solve TMJ issues.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders can Include:


  • Pain in the jaw and chewing muscles
  • Pain or tension around the neck, forehead (temples) and face
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Locking of the jaw in open position
  • Misalignment of the teeth
  • Uncomfortable clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when opening the jaw wide

Early diagnosis can minimize the amount of treatment required to manage the problem and avoid surgical intervention.

How Does an Oral Surgeon Treat TMJ?

When lifestyle changes, medication, mouth guards, or even physical therapy fail to help with TMJ complications, oral surgery is usually discussed.

When considering oral surgery for TMJ disorders, 3D images of the jaw and facial bones are first obtained with our Cone Beam 3D Imaging. Cone Beam 3d is an advanced dental imaging technology that allows for an excellent view of the teeth and supportive structures within the face.

With Cone Beam 3D Imaging, Dr. Hinckley can capture panoramic views of the maxillofacial area in just 10 seconds. Cone Beam 3D images offer an enhanced view of the face that can be examined and evaluated from multiple viewing angles.

Sometimes, TMJ disorders are a symptom of a larger problem, such as severe jaw misalignment. Oral surgeons such as Dr. Hinckley are trained to understand the balance between the facial muscles, bones, joints, and other structures and can effectively formulate a treatment plan to help relieve TMJ conditions.

Contact Front Range Oral Surgery

Oral surgeon, Dr. Hinckley here at Front Range Oral Surgery is an expert at diagnosing TMJ disorders and forming treatment plans to relieve the tension in the jaw. If you live in the Wheat Ridge or Dacono area and you are experiencing TMJ pain or tenseness, feel free to contact our office to learn more about TMJ treatment or schedule a consultation with Dr. Hinckley.

Please contact our office by phone or complete the appointment request form so Dr. Hinckley and our team can discuss your situation and find the best treatment option for you.

Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.

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