Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction is commonly referred to as TMJ. However, the correct medical term is TMD. But getting the name right is not as important as appropriate treatment for this annoying and destructive dental condition.
The Temporomandibular Joint is the hinge at the back of the mouth connecting the jawbone to the skull. It allows one to open and close the mouth, controlled by the muscles in your face.
Any conditions that affect the muscles and joint are called temporomandibular disorders (TMD). They can be caused by trauma, arthritis in the joint, grinding of the teeth, or stress. A majority of TMJ sufferers don’t realize that these problems can be solved by a dentist.
Symptoms can include:
Pain relief is the first consideration when one is treated for TMD. Once the patient is more comfortable, the dentist can diagnose and treat the underlying problem causing the pain.
How Is TMD Diagnosed and Treated?
A licensed periodontist will check your jaw for points of tenderness and investigate the symptoms from which you’re suffering. The examination may include X-Rays or an MRI to observe the condition of the joints and teeth. A bite relationship analysis may be required.
Once the diagnosis is complete, there are several treatments from which to choose. Some examples are: relaxation techniques to lessen the effects of stress, a bite guard molded just for you, or as a last resort, muscle relaxers.
TMD can be, at the least, an uncomfortable problem. Early treatment is critical to reduce problems with your jaw and teeth. You need a gentle expert who really cares about your over-all well-being. Dr. William S. Neale is just the person you need. He is a licensed periodontist in Wichita Falls, Texas.
He and his staff will give you a warm welcome and make you feel like part of their family. They really care. You’ll have a winning, kissable smile when Dr. Neale and his staff provide the proper treatment for TMD.
Call Dr. Neale today.