TMD/TMJ Treatments at Image Orthodontics
What is TMD/TMJ?
TMD refers to inflammation or malalignment of the joints (TMJ) connecting your jaw to your cheekbone. Temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are the “hinges” on either side of your face that connect your jaw to your cheek bones. These joints are unique in their hinging and sliding mobility, allowing your jaw to open, shift left and right, and move forward and backward.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may have TMD:
- Grinding teeth
- Jaw clenching
- Ringing in ears
- Pain or tenderness in the:
Neck and shoulders
- Locked jaw
- Popping / clicking sounds when opening your jaw
- Discomfort chewing
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Swelling on the side of your face
How TMD Treatment Works:
Three Simple Steps
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Frequently asked questions
There is a multitude of different contributing factors that can cause TMD. Stress, arthritis, head trauma, bruxism (teeth clenching), poor genetics, bad posture, gum chewing, etc. can all cause TMD.
There is a connection between TMD, chronic headaches, and ear ringing. Most patients do experience significant relief from headaches and ear ringing after a proper course of TMD treatment, but there is no way to guarantee complete prevention of these symptoms.
Since TMD has so many symptoms that can also implicate other health conditions, the only way to properly diagnose TMD is by your orthodontist. Your orthodontist will conduct a comprehensive oral exam in addition to going through your medical history in order to draw the right conclusion.
If you are experiencing popping jaw joints, it is possible that you have TMD. This symptom alone is not enough to properly diagnose a patient. Many patients experience intermittent clicking in their jaw joints, so popping shouldn’t cause any alarm. The only way to determine if you have TMD is by an oral examination by your dentist. If you’re experiencing other related symptoms, it is important to schedule an oral examination as soon as possible.
We’re committed to finding the right non-surgical options that work long-term and optimize your chewing system. More conservative, non-surgical options are engineered to reduce the pressure on the TMJ, alleviate pain, and promote regular activity. Surgery is often the last line of defense and is very rarely needed for TMD.
While TMD is more common among patients in their 20s to 40s, children can develop TMD. Making sure your child regularly goes to biannual dental exams can ensure TMD is diagnosed properly.
Yes, poorly-fitted dentures can frequently cause jaw pain as well as TMD. When patients wear dentures that are too loose, they consistently try to realign them which results in significant strain on their TMJs. Dentures can also add to chewing times, adding more work to TMJs.