Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is an umbrella term that references acute or chronic swelling of the jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint (TMD).
TMD treatments may vary but can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite and filling gaps between teeth. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent problematic clenching or grinding. There are also various options for pain management. Since there is no one solution that is the right for all cases, individualized assessments of TMD symptoms should be conducted prior to patients receiving treatment.
TMD treatments aim to elimnate the variety of problems that TMD can cause including:
- Headaches(especially in the morning)
- Earaches (especially in the morning)
- Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face.
- Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
- Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
- Dull, aching pain in the face
- Hearing loss
- Migraines (especially in the morning)
- Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
- Neck and shoulder pain
If left untreated, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint. Please set up an appointment if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. You can also contact us to set up a consultation or learn more.