Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMD, is a problem that affects millions of people all over the world. TMD causes your jaw to pop and click and can sometimes be quite painful. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder can last for a few weeks, or a few years, and can be quite problematic if it isn’t addressed. TMD can also cause problems with your teeth and if not addressed could cause tooth loss.
What Causes TMD?
Although there is not a clear cut answer to what causes Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, researchers believe that mouth or jaw injuries could be part of the problem along with chronic teeth clenching and grinding. Arthritis in the TMJ and stress can also cause Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
Symptoms of TMD include:
• Jaw joint pain
• Neck pain
• Shoulder pain
• Ear pain when you open your mouth, talk, or chew
• Problems opening your mouth
• Jaws that stick when trying to open and close
• Popping, clicking, or grating sound in the joint when you chew or open and close your mouth
• Problems chewing
• An uncomfortable bite
• Facial swelling
• Facial tiredness
• Neck aches
• Ear ringing, known as tinnitus
What can be done for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?
My Downtown Portland dental practice can check your TMJ for tenderness and pain while listening for pops or clicks. I will also check for a grating sound when you move your TMJ. I want to make sure that your jaw works properly, doesn’t lock and doesn’t affect your bite. X-rays and digital pictures of your entire face, teeth, and joints will be taken as well. I may recommend other testing such as a CT or an MRI to make sure that your TMJ disc is properly positioned when you move your jaw.
At Centerport Dental in Downtown Portland, I recommend oral appliance therapy for TMD with a custom made mouth guard. A custom-made mouth guard can help relieve the symptoms of TMD and prevent tooth damage or loss.
If you suspect you may be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, call or click and schedule an appointment with my dental practice in Downtown Portland today.