Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD)

What is the difference between TMJ and TMD?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It permits the lower jaw (mandible) to move and function. The TMJ is the physical jaw joint and disorders associated with TMJ are called TMD.

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) can originate from the jaw joint (TMJ), surrounding muscles and also malocclusion (if the teeth improperly fit together). Earaches, headaches and limited ability to open the mouth are common with TMD. Clicking or grating sounds along with joint pain when opening and closing the mouth are also symptoms.

When would I need an evaluation for TMD treatment?

  • Constant pain, clicking, or locking in the TMJ
  • Chronic headaches that do not resolve
  • Grinding or Clenching that causes headaches or jaw pain
  • Soreness or swelling of the face, head, and neck
  • Ringing in the ears

How do I know if I need TMD Treatment?

TMD can be very painful. If you’re suffering from headaches or jaw pain, you may want to consider seeing us for a consultation. A full examination of the TMJ, head and neck, and teeth will be done. The findings will be reviewed with you and a treatment plan will be discussed before anything is done to your mouth.

What to expect from TMD Therapy at Sardina Dental

Dr. Tom and his staff design simple appliances that can help with your symptoms. Treatment appointments and times vary depending upon the severity of your TMD. So if you think you may have TMJ/TMD problems be sure to set up a consultation to discuss possible options for your treatment. We look forward to helping you!

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