Many people suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. This can be due to a variety of causes, but most typically is caused from clenching or grinding. Patients with TMD often have a hard time focusing and completing daily tasks as easily due to the symptoms caused by TMJ issues.
Some symptoms may include:
- Swollen jaw, jaw pain, or tenderness
- Aching discomfort around near the ears
- Locking jaw joint
- Facial discomfort or pain
Treatment for this disorder often includes wearing an occlusal splint (nightguard). We offer several types of occlusal splints that can help prevent grinding and allow your jaw to heal. If your TMD cannot be fixed with a nightguard alone, we will create another treatment plan designed to combat your TMD at its source and provide meaningful symptom relief.
If you suspect that you might be experiencing a TMD, come into our office. During your appointment, we will diagnose the problem and make recommendations for treatment based on the cause of your TMJ pain.
The initial goals are to relieve the muscle spasm and joint pain. This is usually accomplished by taking an anti-inflammatory along with muscle relaxant, and wearing an occlusal splint. Self-care treatments can often be effective and include:
- Resting your jaw
- Keeping your teeth apart when you are not swallowing or eating
- Eating soft foods
- Applying ice and heat
- Exercising your jaw
- Practicing good posture
An occlusal splint or nightguard fits over your top or bottom teeth and helps keep your teeth apart, thereby relaxing the muscles and reducing pain. There are different types of appliances used for different purposes. A nightguard helps you stop clenching or grinding your teeth, reduces muscle tension at night and helps to protect the cartilage and joint surfaces.
To find out more about TMJ disorders or TMD treatment, call us at our office today.