If you experience TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder), you may not even realize how much the problem affects the quality of your life until you find symptom relief. Our team at Blackrock Dental can help bring you back to full health with TMJ treatment.
What is TMD?
Your temporomandibular joints are on both sides of the head and affect the bones, muscles, ligaments, and discs you use to eat, talk, and yawn. These joints can become strained for a number of reasons, leading to TMD. The following are a few reasons TMD might occur:
- Neck, head, or jaw injury
- Clenching or grinding teeth
- Tightening the jaw or facial muscles due to stress
Some signs that you have TMD are pain in the face, neck, or shoulders, as well as slight to severe pain when chewing. You may also experience headaches or migraines, jaw clicking, and a stiff or sore jaw. Some people also experience tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
How We Can Help
We will help you determine if you have TMD and from there, map out the best treatment for you. Treatment will depend on the reason for your TMD. We provide mouthguards you can wear while sleeping to help prevent grinding. We also offer other custom-made appliances. We may also need to correct a bad bite or an uneven jaw or teeth. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. We will help you determine the best option for your specific case.
How Treatment Can Improve Your Life
TMD treatment can help improve the quality of your life in a number of ways, including the following:
- Better quality sleep
- Increased ability to focus
- Pain relief
- More flexibility in the jaw
Set up an appointment to see one of our dentists at Blackrock Dental and learn more about how we can help. Taking care of TMD can also prevent future problems, so don’t hesitate to call today!