Does it pain when you open or close your mouth? Or do you find it difficult to open your mouth completely? Such problems and others like this could be the result of problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is the only movable joint on the face. It facilitates movement of the lower jaw which helps you eat, talk etc. Like any other joint in the body, this goes through wear and tear and might become a cause for discomfort. This might be a result of problems like Myofacial Pain dysfunction Syndrome (MPDS), Internal Derangement or Arthritis of TMJ (Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis). Such conditions need to be dealt with a lot of care and expertise. At Dental Excellence, we endeavor to diagnose such problems correctly and an important key to it is listening patiently to all you have to say about your problem. Our treatment plans are focused on trying to manage the condition as conservatively as possible with an equal eye on early relief from discomfort as well as a favorable long-term prognosis. Surgical options may need to be considered in certain inevitable situations. However, at Dental Excellence, we would prefer trying to manage such conditions as conservatively as possible. Some patients may report with Ankylosis of TMJ (total or near-total inability to move the lower jaw). These patients can be managed effectively with a combination of surgery and active physiotherapy. It is beneficial to initiate treatment as early as possible in such cases.