Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) can cause a great deal of pain when they’re left untreated. Dental devices can help relieve pain and restore function to the jaw, resulting in better overall oral health and a higher quality of life.
What is TMD?
A temporomandibular disorder affects one or both of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). These joints connect the upper jaw and the lower jaw and allow you to open and close your mouth for activities like chewing and talking.
TMD can be diagnosed by a range of health professionals, including dentists. A dentist will typically check for TMD during a routine oral exam, usually by looking at x-rays, feeling the joints, head, neck, and ears, and asking the patient questions about symptoms.
Symptoms of TMD include:
- Neck pain
- Jaw pain or sore jaw muscles
- Clicking or popping in the jaw joints
- Difficulty opening or closing the jaw
TMJ disorders can be caused by injuries, clenching or grinding the teeth.
Treatment Options for TMJ
Bruxism (teeth clenching or grinding) may lead to TMJ issues.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of TMD, or related issues such as bruxism or sleep apnea, be sure to reach out to a dentist near you for a diagnosis.