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21Jun2013

We Can Help Relieve TMD Pain

IF YOU’VE BEEN EXPERIENCING regular headaches, neck and shoulder pain, or persistent ringing in your ears, we may be able to help. These are common symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

TMJ Problems Can Lead To TMD

Complex joints called temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your jaw to your skull. Properly aligned, these joints make it possible for us to chew, swallow, and talk. If these joints are out of alignment or not synchronized with your jaw, it can lead to serious, often painful, issues.

Problems with your TMJ, jaw, and surrounding facial muscles can lead to temporomandibular disorders (TMD). These problems can be caused by undue strain on your TMJ and jaw (often a result of teeth grinding, trauma, or stress).

Some TMD Symptoms Include:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw, face, neck, shoulder, and back pain/soreness
  • Earaches or ringing in ears
  • Limited jaw movement, locking of the jaw
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds with jaw movement
  • Teeth grinding
  • Difficulty chewing or an uncomfortable bite
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Dizziness

Ear Problems? Your TMJ May Be To Blame

We Can Make You A Retainer-Guard

For our orthodontic patients who complain of chronic TMD due to muscle spasms from clenching and grinding (bruxism), we design a RETAINER-GUARD. It has the dual benefit of maintaining alignment after braces AND providing a flat plane splint to prevent bruxism. The RETAINER-GUARD can be a life-altering appliance that you can wear long-term. Keeping your teeth straight and your jaw comfortable at the same time with ONE appliance is very convenient and comfortable!

Other Treatment Options Include:

Various effective treatments can range from simple to more involved, including:

  • Ice and hot packs
  • Relaxation techniques/stress management
  • Diet changes
  • Posture training
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Surgery

Typically, TMJ problems are temporary and not serious. Even so, the best way to avoid complications is to visit with us at the first signs of concern. The sooner you start appropriate treatment, the sooner you’ll find relief. Call us today!

Thank you for trusting us with your oral health!

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