How Do You Know if You Have TMD?
Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a complex part of your oral anatomy.
It’s difficult to identify and diagnose problems with your TMJ and it can be just as hard to treat them. Any sort of dysfunction or pain associated with this joint is broadly classified as TMD – temporomandibular joint disorder.
Do you suspect that you have TMD? Here are some common signs:
- Arm, shoulder, or neck pain
- Sore jaw
- Aching or sensitive teeth
- Ear pain
- Clicking or popping noises in the jaw
- Limited jaw opening
As you might guess, it can be pretty hard to diagnose a problem with your jaw when so many symptoms could relate to other issues. Chances are good that if you’ve noticed more than one of these signs, you could have TMD.
Tracking Down the Cause
First and foremost, treating TMD begins with finding out what could be contributing to the discomfort. Dr. Paul Mathew is specially-trained in the neuromuscular branch of dentistry, so he can help you gain a lot of ground in your search for the source of your jaw pain.
Common causes for TMD are:
- Teeth grinding or clenching habit
Dr. Mathew will use computer imaging, x-rays, and tracking and measuring instruments to study your jaw. He will then use this information to let you know the best way to deal with your TMD.
Treatment for TMD
TMD treatment has the focus of relieving your discomfort and improving muscle movement. Dr. Mathew has a tool for helping with this. Some patients need the help of additional medication.
The next step is encouraging your jaw to function within a healthy range of motion. This can mean wearing a special brace or aligner to help your teeth close together in a way that lets your jaw heal.
Contact our team at Artisan Dentistry for expert help if you suspect you have TMD.