Relief From Jaw Pain and Discomfort with TMJ/TMD Treatment
Understanding The Disorder
What Causes TMD/TMJ?
TMD refers to a variety of conditions that cause problems with the temporomandibular joint. This delicate joint connects your jaw to your skull. The joint can be damaged by things like teeth grinding and clenching, trauma from an injury, overuse or inflammation. As a result this can cause TMD/TMJ and lead to a variety of unpleasant symptoms that affect your day-to-day life.
Recognizing The Signs that you need TMJ/TMD Treatment
Symptoms Of TMJ/TMD
The most common symptoms are pain and tenderness in your jaw, face, neck, and ear. If you have TMD, you may also experience difficulty opening your mouth all the way, along with “popping” or “clicking” sounds coming from your jaw. Additionally , it might also be difficult to bite properly, and your jaw may get stuck in a certain position. Though all cases of TMJ/TMD are different, these issues are a sure sign that something is wrong with your jaw. If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation for diagnosis and treatment.
TMJ/TMD And Your Daily Life
The Effects of TMJ/TMD
Jaw disorders makes it difficult for you to chew, eat, and speak properly. You use your temporomandibular joint for many daily activities, therefore it can cause pain and discomfort resulting in disruption of your day-to-day life. If you have TMJ/TMD, you don’t need to suffer through your day. With proper treatment, we can provide relief from pain and discomfort and help get your life back to normal.
Your TMJ/TMD Treatment Options
Nightguards & TMJ Appliances
A custom nightguard or other oral appliance is often the first step in treating TMJ/TMD. These retainer-like devices are worn during sleep, and can shift the jaw into a more natural, relaxed position to promote proper healing of the joint. Nightguards can also help prevent clenching and grinding, which is a major cause of TMJ/TMD. We recommend lifestyle changes along with wearing a nightguard or TMJ appliance. If this is not enough to resolve your issue, other alternatives like anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, or cortisol injections may be suggested to help relieve your symptoms.