Any derangement isn’t something you want to write home about. As a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint, internal derangement of TMJ causes a displacement of the disc which can result in things like a popping jaw. To help you better understand internal derangement of TMJ, we have created a brief article. Read on to learn more.
What Is the Anatomy of the Temporomandibular Joint?
Before we delve into what the internal derangement of TMJ is, it’s beneficial to know the basic anatomy of the temporomandibular joint. Similar to a ball and socket joint, the TMJ has a disc called the meniscus which lies between the ball and joint. Muscles and ligaments hold the meniscus in place so that the ball joint can rotate back and forth as you open and close your mouth.
What Causes Internal Derangement of the TMJ?
Based on a variety of different factors, the meniscus can sometimes become displaced— causing internal derangement.
What are the Symptoms of Internal Derangement of the TMJ?
When patients first suffer from the internal derangement of TMJ, they will experience a slight popping sensation and sound that occurs when they open and close their mouth. As time progresses, patients will notice a strain in their ability to open their jaw all the way with the occasional inability to open their jaw at all. If left untreated, this condition can worsen and impair your ability to function like normal.
What Are the Treatment Options?
Luckily, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan specializes in treating this condition and can fix it with a variety of different surgical options. During your initial consultation with Dr. Sultan, you will go over what type of surgery is best for you and your condition.
If you have started to develop a painful popping jaw, you may be suffering from the internal derangement of the TMJ. To learn more about this condition and how it can be treated, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office today to schedule an appointment.