TMJ TMD Therapy
Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD, is a collection of symptoms often associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Symptoms of TMJ TMD include:
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Swelling on the sides of the face
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
Should you notice any of these symptoms, let us know! We can help advise you as to whether they indicate the presence of TMD, and what sort of treatment is appropriate for you.
As with any medical problem, an accurate diagnosis is essential. Once we know the cause of your TMJ pain, we can treat it appropriately. For most patients with muscle and joint pain, we begin with bite splint therapy. Typically, these are “night guards” that fit on your bottom teeth. When adjusted appropriately, these bite splints allow the muscles of the jaw and the joint to relax and work in harmony and relieve the TMJ pain.
Because these bite splints are actually reversibly changing your bite, it actually helps us confirm a diagnosis. If we can relieve TMD symptoms by improving how your teeth fit together on a bite splint, then there is often a way for us to make adjustments to your teeth and give you that relief without the bite splint in place.
If you are having any of the above symptoms, please let us know. We would love the opportunity to help you feel better!