Temporomandibular disorder is a common condition that we see here at District Dental Wellness. If you suffer from severe headaches or jaw pain, you may have a condition that is commonly referred to as TMD.
Fortunately, TMD is a condition that can be remedied with the help of Dr. Nikole O’Bryan. At District Dental Wellness, we can provide you with a simple, yet effective device that can treat your pain and help alleviate your condition.
WHAT IS TMJ/TMD?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, more commonly known as the jaw joint. TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and refers to a disorder of the jaw joint. Some of the signs and symptoms of TMD include the following:
- Fatigue in your head and neck muscles.
- Difficulty chewing.
- Bite issues.
- Facial swelling.
- Chronic headaches or migraines.
- Ringing in your ears.
- Your jaw clicks, pops, or grinds when you open and close your mouth.
- Chronic pain in your head, neck, jaw, mouth, face, and/or shoulders.
These symptoms can interfere with your daily activities, making your TMD so much more than a health concern.
WHAT CAUSES TMD?
There are many factors that can cause TMD. Bruxism, which is teeth grinding and clenching, is one common cause. Some people grind or clench their teeth while they sleep or in stressful moments, which is one reason why stress is often considered a contributing factor to TMD.
There are other reasons you may suffer from TMD. Other common causes include bite misalignment, injury, or tooth loss. Whatever the cause of your TMD, we are here to help you. We want to treat your TMD, so you can get back to your everyday life!
TREATMENT WITH ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY
If these signs and symptoms sound familiar, we can offer a custom mouth guard. This will protect your teeth by preventing you from clenching or grinding your jaw. It can also help relieve the strain on your TMJ and help that joint relax.
We want to help you treat your TMD and prevent your pain and discomfort. Oral appliance therapy is a comfortable, convenient and affordable way to deal with your pain.
If you have further questions about TMD or would like to schedule an appointment and alleviate your symptoms, please call today.