Understanding the Basics
What is TMJ/TMD?
TMJ/TMD is quite common and affects many Americans each year. If you have been suffering from pain or discomfort in your jaw, you may have TMD. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, and TMD refers to the dysfunction of this joint. The TMJ muscle connects your jaw to your skull. You use this muscle to speak, eat, chew, laugh. When you have TMD it can affect your ability to do these simple, everyday tasks.
TMJ/TMD can be caused by many factors. Injury to the jaw, for example, may cause your temporomandibular joint to be put out of place. If you play contact sports, you may want to consider getting a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your jaw while playing. Misalignment of the teeth can also cause improper placement of your jaw and therefore strain on the TMJ. If you grind your teeth this can also put unnecessary strain on your jaw and joints, causing TMD.
Recognizing the Signs & Symptoms
Do I have TMJ/TMD?
There are several symptoms that can indicate TMJ/TMD. These include:
- Jaw pain
- Clicking noises when opening or closing your jaw
- Locking of the jaw
If left untreated TMJ/TMD symptoms can worsen and prevent you from living your day-to-life and carrying out your normal routines.
Know Your Options
How a Dentist Can Help With Your TMJ/TMD?
Usually, a dentist can help treat TMJ/TMD with a custom mouthguard or night guard. These mouthguards evenly disperse pressure and prevent you from grinding your teeth. This, in turn, eases the symptoms of TMJ/TMD and reduces the stress on your jaw. If your teeth are severely misaligned or crooked, orthodontic treatment may be able to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ/TMD.
When you come to Pearl Dental Studio for TMJ/TMD treatment in Five Forks, Dr. Cash will sit down with you during a one-on-one consultation. She will take the time to listen to your symptoms and concerns. She will examine your mouth and jaw and use the information you have provided her with to determine if you have TMD. Dr. Cash is always happy to help her patients by providing honest, straightforward advice and recommendations. It is our goal to help you get out of pain and back to your normal routine so you can smile with ease. If you have jaw pain or any other symptoms of TMJ/TMD, we recommend that you come in for a consultation as soon as possible. Give us a call at (864) 214-1440 or feel free to stop by our office which is located at 117 Batesville Road Suite 202, Simpsonville, SC 29681. We look forward to seeing you!