What Is TMJ Disease?

What Is TMJ Disease?

TMJ disease is common finding in modern day life. Indeed, one out of 8 people in America are living with one of more of TMJ disease symptoms.

Common Symptoms of TMD

TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is pain and discomfort caused by problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.

Common TMD symptoms include:

  • Jaw muscle stiffness; limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Painful clicking, popping, or grating in the jaw joint
  • Chronic headaches/migraines
  • Tooth wear and repeated break to fillings
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain in the neck and shoulders
  • Earaches or ringing ears

 

TMD Has Multiple Causes

Adding to TMD’s complexity, there can be multiple causes. While an autoimmune disease or various forms of arthritis can affect your temporomandibular joint, some lesser known causes of TMD include bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching), bad bite.

Stress has also been strongly associated with TMD.

 

Depending on your symptoms, various treatments and solutions are available such as:

  • Muscle relaxation techniques/stress management
  • Custom made Bite guard / Night Mouthguard
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Medication
  • Bite changes
  • Surgery

TMD treatment can involve a number of specialists and have a team approach.

Dr Daoudi, specialist prosthodontist, is highly trained in the management of TMD – TMJ problems. This is part of being specialist in prosthodontics.

 

Attention to the balance of your jaw, muscles neck and shoulder can be assessed and managed by our team of specialist Osteopath.

In addition, bite correction can take place to manage any imbalance.

Medications of various strengths can be used in some cases.

 

Don’t Suffer Needlessly!

If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD or have any questions, make an appointment to come visit us. We’re here to help relieve your pain and regain your quality of life!

 

Thank you for your continued trust in our practice!

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