If you are experiencing pain in your jaw or face combined with other symptoms, it is essential that you speak with your dentist about being assessed for Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). TMDs include a variety of different conditions. The term simply refers to the name for a disorder of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). To determine the best plan of action for treatment, it is important that you allow your dentist to evaluate your symptoms.
If you are suffering from jaw or facial pain, do not hesitate to reach out to Dental Associates of Basking Ridge to learn what steps you should take next. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
What is the Temporomandibular Joint?
The temporomandibular joint connects your jawbone to your skull, acting like a sliding hinge.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
Some of the most common symptoms to lead a dentist to diagnose TMD are as follows:
- When the jaw moves, the sound of popping or crackling occurs
- Pain or soreness when chewing, opening the mouth or speaking
- The jaw gets stuck when it is opened or closed
- Facial muscle spasms that cause difficulty opening the mouth
- Headaches in certain areas
What causes TMD?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a certainty surrounding what causes TMDs by experts. However, there are various factors that contribute to the conditions including the following:
- Jaw trauma
- This can occur after an injury to the jaw or as a result of long-term teeth grinding
- Misaligned teeth
- Tension and stress that results in muscle spasms
- Arthritis in the jaw joint
- Tumors on the jaw joint
What are my options for treatment?
Treatment for TMDs will differ depending on the condition, as TMDs include a variety of different conditions once a diagnosis is made. For example, certain TMDs such as teeth grinding or clenching can be treated by getting a night guard that keeps your teeth from hitting each other. Other forms of treatment for other TMDs can include the following:
- Pain relievers
- Avoiding hard or crunchy foods
- Bite adjustment
- Physical therapy
- Replacement of missing teeth
- Surgery for more severe cases
If you have any further questions regarding TMDs, do not hesitate to contact our experienced dental team. We would be happy to assist you. Contact us today to learn how we can help.
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