You may be one of the 10 million Americans, primarily women, who suffer some degree of jaw joint pain. If so, the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine will offer a free and public patient information seminar, "TMJ Joint Disease and Treatments: Your Options as a Patient," on Wednesday, July 15 from 7-8 p.m. in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium.
During this session, Dale Baur, chair of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery department, will explore a range of options for treating jaw pain, which in some cases can be so severe that people cannot open their mouth to eat solid foods.
Baur's department at the dental school receives many referrals from local dentists to help patients in need of a variety of options to alleviate their painful conditions.
The pain, associated with Temporomandibular Joint Disease (TMJ), develops over time. The cushioning in the joint wears down from use, malfunctions, or is destroyed by tumors or other oral diseases to the point where the jaw bones begin to rub and wear down. This dysfunction of the jaw causes irritations and resulting pain.
Some TMJ symptoms can be popping sounds when moving the joint, headaches, earaches, dizziness to extreme difficulties in opening the mouth to eat or talk.
Baur will explore both non-surgical and surgical options for the different stages of TMJ. Among the last resort for many people is a jaw joint replacement. Baur is one of the few oral surgeons locally who perform these replacements that are much like replacements for hips and knees to restore function and mobility.
For information, call Baur's office at 216-368-2643 or visit http://dental.case.edu/tmj/.
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