Locking Down a Better Approach to Fixing TMJ/TMD
What is TMD and TMJ?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder often called TMJ or TMD can occur as a result of a dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control the jaw movement. There are a number of things that may contribute to chronic TMJ/TMD; stress, teeth grinding or bruxism, and often malocclusions (or the misalignment of teeth).
Did You Know?
12% of the U.S. population is estimated to suffer from TMJ/TMD, that’s about 35 million people.
90% of TMJ/TMD patients are women
Often a sufferer of TMJ/TMD will try conservative measures, or self-care, at home before consulting a doctor or a TMD dentist. A TMJ/TMD dentist consultation can save a lot of time, but most importantly it can save a lot of suffering. TMJ/TMD is painful and can inhibit productivity, sleeping, even quality of life. As Temporomandibular joints are meant to bear a lot of use and are definitely a workhorse in the body, it stands to reason that it takes an enormous amount of stress, use and pressure to get them inflamed, irritated and painful.
Symptoms can include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw-joint
- Limited jaw movement
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Numbness in hands and arms
- Sensitive and sore teeth
- Locking jaw
- Facial pain
Why See A TMJ/TMD Dentist?
A dentist who is familiar with and accustomed to seeing patients with this specific disorder will quickly determine all of the underlying problems that are contributing to pain and discomfort.
With a pinpointed approach to solving and mitigating the problem, you can be assured that you will feel results quickly. Don’t stay in pain or only temporarily alleviate the issue only to find yourself in the same situation a few months down the road.
What To Do Until Your Dental Appointment
- Avoid chewing hard, crunchy or chewy foods.
- Alternate between moist heat and cold packs to help reduce pain and inflammation in face
- Heat applications help to improve circulation and carry away the fluids that have built up in the joint while the cool compress will then encourage the vascular structures to constrict helping slow further inflammation.
- Take nonprescription nsaids or anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Practice stress management and relaxation techniques.
Don’t let valuable time slip away, get out of discomfort and pain sooner, contact our office today and set up an appointment with a dentist who can help you start feeling better now!