TMJ / TMD Treatment
For Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Patients who suffer from chronic pain in the head, neck or facial regions may be suffering from a disorder referred to as TMD, a complex disorder affecting the temporomandibular joints located in the jaw. TMD-related pains can deter individuals from living a normal life or carrying out simple daily tasks due to severe discomfort. It is not always clear that a patient is suffering from TMD symptoms, causing misdiagnosis of pains for long periods of time. Luckily, there are practical treatments for TMD that can be provided by your dentist or another specialized dental provider, to provide a solution for relief.
TMJ and TMD can sometimes be misused as synonyms for one disorder. TMD, or temporomandibular disorder, is the acronym for the actual condition related to the painful symptoms patients experience. When we refer to TMJ, we are explicitly addressing the temporomandibular joints that are affected by the disorder.
What is TMD?
Misalignment of the TMJ can cause a domino effect of pains and aches that make up the symptoms associated with TMD. Located on both sides of the face, this joint is incredibly complex, sustaining high amounts of constant pressure. Working while you are awake and asleep, the TMJ functions as a hinge controlling the jaw when you eat, breathe, chew, yawn, etc. Without this joint, you wouldn’t be able to move your mouth side-to- side or up and down as you do consistently throughout the day.
However, joints can easily become misaligned due to injury or excessive use, and the TMJ is no exception. When the TMJ becomes unbalanced, multiple parts of our body can sustain negative impacts, making temporomandibular disorders extremely difficult to diagnose.
How is TMD Treated?
There are a variety of successful treatments available to alleviate paint caused by TMD. The range of your symptoms and the severity of pain will determine what type of professional will need to be involved in your treatment, but often dentists and specialized dental professionals can provide comprehensive procedures to tackle TMJ disorders right from their office.