We Can Relieve Jaw Pain and TMJ Problems (TMD)
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is a general term used to describe the jaw pain that is felt from the muscles that move the jaws and the joint where the lower jaw inserts into the base of the skull (TMJ). The signs and symptoms of TMD can vary greatly from patient to patient and can be rather complex.
What are the signs and symptoms of TMD?
- Pain and tenderness when using these muscles or joints. The pain can be greatly intensified by aggravating these areas through chewing, grinding (bruxism), and clenching the teeth.
- Most of the time, the pain only affects one side. It can, however, affect both sides on occasion.
- You may find that your range of lower jaw movement is limited. This can make it more difficult to eat and even talk. Lock-jaw and stiffness of the jaw muscles and joints can occur, especially when you wake up in the morning. You may even notice that your lower jaw deviates to one side.
- You may hear clicking and popping sounds from the joints affected.
- Consistent and chronic headaches.
- Pain that radiates to the teeth, neck, or shoulders.
- Pain that feels like it is coming from the ear canal or ringing of the ears (tinnitus).
- Feeling that somehow your bite is “off.”
What can be done to prevent and treat TMD?
- Apply heat to the tender muscles and apply cold over tender joints. At times, my patients have chosen to use ice packs first over both the muscles and joints for 5 minutes and then follow with heat for 15 minutes. This can be repeated several times a day.
- Occlusal splint (nightguard)
- Occlusal equilibration (bite adjustment)
- Orthodontics (braces or Invisalign)
- Reconstructive treatment
- A combination of the above
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms we listed above, it’s very likely that you are suffering from TMD. With our help, we can find the root cause of your pain and get to work relieving it using simple and non-invasive treatments. To make an appointment, please contact our office today.