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Why TMD/TMJ Treatment?
Do you have frequent headaches, ear pain, jaw pain, or stiff, tight jaws? You may have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). When the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is damaged or is not functioning as it should, it is called temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). While it is common to experience TMD/TMJ, you may have a higher risk if you have the following conditions:
- Arthritis/Rheumatoid Arthritis/Osteoarthritis: All three of these conditions damage your cartilage, which prevents the TMJ from moving correctly
- Injuries to your jaw: Sports injuries, car wrecks, or other direct injuries to the face, neck, head, or shoulders can lead to TMD
- Bruxism/ Teeth Grinding: Teeth grinding puts pressure on the jaws that can lead to TMD
- Connective tissue disease: Applies direct pressure on the TMJ, causing pain and limited face movement
What to Expect
TMJ/TMD can be very painful. Treatment for this condition can include adjusting the bite, replacing missing teeth, and using night guards. Each TMD case is different. With a proper exam and x-rays, you and your dentist will determine an appropriate treatment plan.
Since the temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge and is responsible for a wide range of motion, it can get easily damaged. The primary causes of temporomandibular joint disorder are:
- Misaligned small discs or erosion
- Arthritis damage to the cartilage
- Physical injury to the head, neck, or face
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
Often it is hard to pinpoint the actual cause of the damage or disorder. Sudden onset of TMJ pain is common and TMD may not be noticeable until the pain sets in.
Finding out which diagnosis you have is crucial before you start treatment. Your dentist will help you figure this out.
There are several different treatment options available, including:
- Prescription Medicines
- Therapeutic Treatment Options
- Mouth Guards or Splints
- Physical Therapy
- Surgical Treatment
After you start treatment for TMD, you need to follow up regularly with both your physician and dentist. If you choose a non-invasive option, your follow ups will likely be less frequent than if you choose another, more invasive option like surgery. Treatment can help ease your pain
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Frequently Asked Questions
Proper diagnosis is a key step toward proper treatment of any TMJ disorder, and the dentists at Arlington Dental Group are specially trained to check your joints and muscles for tenderness. They’ll spot any other signs of the condition, too, including clicking, popping, and difficulty moving. Your dentist can show you jaw exercises specifically designed to strengthen and stretch your jaws, and may recommend that you switch to a liquid or soft diet to rest your jaws. Your dentist may also ask you to avoid chewing gum, use ice packs or moist heat for pain, use a bite guard if you grind your teeth at night or find a way to reduce stress or anxiety.