TMD is a painful, frustrating, and even debilitating disorder. Millions of Americans suffer with chronic TMD pain, but are confused because their symptoms don’t seem to be related to a dental problem.
If you have been seeking solutions to headaches, facial pain, or other mysterious symptoms, schedule a consultation with a TMJ specialist. Dr. Miller can help you determine if TMD treatment is what you have been searching for.
What is TMD, or TMJ Disorder?
Your TMJ is the temporomandibular joint that lies on either side of your jawbone. It is responsible for opening and closing the jaw, and allowing you to chew and speak.
When the TMJ becomes affected by stress or strain, TMJ Disorder may occur. TMD can be caused by tooth grinding, stress, malocclusion, arthritis, or physical trauma.
TMD Treatment Methods
Dr. Miller and his team can treat your TMD with appliance therapy. We can create a mouth guard-like appliance that is customized to fit your smile.
You will wear your TMJ appliance at night (and/or during the day, as instructed by Dr. Miller) to hold your jaw in an optimal position. Your appliance will allow the muscles surrounding the TMJ to relax and prompt your jaw to assume a more ideal bite.
Depending on the severity of your TMD, we may also recommend at-home jaw exercises, physical therapy, or surgical intervention.
Symptoms of TMD
Headaches | Patients with TMD commonly complain of headaches or migraines. Jaw tension creates strain in the muscles of the face, resulting in headaches.
Neck and Back Pain | The muscles of the jaw are connected to the muscles of the neck and back. The tension can radiate downwards from the jaw and lead to pain and poor posture.
Ear Pain or Ringing | The delicate inner parts of the ear can be affected by the jaw joints and muscles. Patients may notice ear ringing, stuffiness, pain, or infections.
Clicking or Locking Jaw | If the jaw joints are working together incorrectly, you may notice clicking or popping noises when you chew. Some patients experience limited jaw movement or even lock jaw.
Chipped or Loose Teeth | Grinding or clenching, which lead to TMD, can damage the teeth with uneven wear. This results in teeth that are chipped or broken, or damaged dental work.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
To find out if you are suffering from TMD, call us at A Center for Advanced Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry today. We want to work with you to find a solution that relieves your TMJ pain and symptoms!