If you have pain in your jaw, you could have a common oral condition known as TMD. A visit to the dentist can confirm your condition. Here is an overview of TMD and what it means for you:
What is TMD?
TMD stands for temporomandibular disorders., and it refers to various problems associated with the jaw and the jaw joint. Chewing, moving the jaw, talking, and yawning can cause pain if you have this disorder.
Is TMD The Same as TMJ?
TMD is commonly referred to at TMJ, but that is inaccurate. As your dentist will point out, TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint in the jaw itself. Any problems with the joint would be classified as a disorder, or TMD.
What Are The Signs of TMD?
A variety of symptoms could point your dentist to a diagnosis of a temporomandibular disorder. Those signs include:
- Clicking or popping when the jaw opens or closes.
- Jaws that get stuck open or closed.
- Pain in the face, jaw, neck, or shoulder.
- Teeth that don't fit together well.
- Ringing in the ears.
What Causes TMD?
TMD can have several causes, some of which may be apparent to your dentist. The common causes include grinding teeth, tightening the facial muscles, injury to the face, neck, or jaw, or damage to the temporomandibular joint from disease. Your dentist will be able to see the evidence of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw as wear or damage to the teeth themselves.
What Are The Treatments for TMD?
Some treatments are easy and can be done at home, but others require a visit to the dentist. At home, you can eat soft foods, try to reduce stress, and take over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs. Your dentist can prescribe a night guard to stop grinding, provide laser treatments, and prescribe different medications to help with pain and muscle tension.
If you are looking for a skilled dentist in the Frederick area, visit Premiere Dental Arts. We offer orthodontists and pediatric dentists as well as family practitioners. Call us today at (301) 662-0222 to set up an appointment.