Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Treatment serving Lakewood and Cleveland, Ohio
Greg DeVor DDS has treated many patients with cases of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This disorder is somewhat common, and its symptoms can seriously affect a person's well-being.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge that connects your jaw and skull. It allows your jaw to move as you talk and chew. If this joint becomes inflamed, the resulting ailment is known broadly as temporomandibular joint disorder.
Symptoms of TMD
Since TMD is not a single disorder, there is a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptoms include:
- aching pain in the jaw at the site of the joint
- aching facial pain
- clicking or popping noises when the jaw opens or closes
- persistent ear pain
- inexplicable headaches
- stiff or sore jaw muscles
- locking of the jaw joint (inability to open or close mouth fully)
It is possible for TMD sufferers to experience different intensities of this disorder. It is best to seek medical advice when the disorder begins interfering with normal life. When the pain makes it difficult to eat or talk or open or close the jaw at will, medical assistance is necessary.
Common Causes of TMD
Unlike many other dental ailments, poor dental hygiene is not to blame for TMD. Injuries to the jaw, skull, head, or neck, such as whiplash experienced in an accident or a heavy blow to the head, can cause TMD. Other habits or disorders that may contribute to TMD are teeth grinding, arthritis of the TMJ, excessive gum chewing, poor posture, and stress, which can cause face and jaw muscles to tighten. It most commonly affects people between ages 20 and 40, and it is more prevalent in women than men.
Treatments for TMD
There are a number of treatments for TMD that do not require surgery or other medical interference. These include eating soft foods, avoiding activities such as singing or yawning that utilize jaw movements, ice packs, heat packs, and splints.
Depending on the severity and causes of your TMD, medication or surgery might be the best options for bringing you relief. X-Rays are required to diagnose more severe TMD cases. Nerve stimulation, acupuncture, or arthroscopy are all possible solutions for persistent, aggravated TMD sufferers.
If you or a loved one believe they are experiencing TMD, contact our office for diagnosis and treatment.
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