All you need to know about Temporomandibular Dysfunction, TMD

Most Common Signs and Symptoms of TMD:

  • Headaches
  • TMJ Pain
  • TMJ Noise such as clicking, popping or cracking
  • Limited Opening or Range of Motion of the Jaw
  • Ear Congestion
  • Tinnitus or Ringing in Ears
  • Facial Pain (Nonspecific)
  • Otalgia (Pain in Ears)

You may be bothered by popping or clicking sound during opening and closure of your jaw, along with limited opening that may be accompanied by pain and soreness.   Some even experience “locked jaw”.  

These are common symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, experienced by 15% of American adults, especially women. Other signs could be grinding your teeth, severe headaches for no apparent reason, dizziness, swelling on the side of the face, neck and shoulder discomfort, occasional ringing in the ears, or tooth pain or sensitivity that is hard to locate precisely.

Patients suffering from TMD are unable to eat and maintain the daily function of their jaw. Fortunately, Wilshire Smile Studio in Los Angeles specializes in treating TMD, giving patients relief from the symptoms, while dealing with the root causes.

Causes of TMJ disorder

The TM joint is located just in front of both your ears and connects your bottom jaw with your teeth, a hinge that allows you to open and close your mouth.

Contributing factors to TMJ disorder include missing teeth, teeth not coming together correctly when you bite, stress, excessive chewing of gum, sports injury, and grinding teeth (bruxism). Arthritis and fibromyalgia, which afflict women more often, can also be causes.

There is a high rate of occurrence in women in their 20s and 40s, which may be related to stress.

Other research points to vitamin and mineral deficiencies due to menstruation which affect bone health, the use of oral contraceptives or treatment for hormone replacement, and the type of bone collagen that holds the disk in place between the joint and jaw socket that makes it easier to dislocate in women.

The good news about TMD treatments

Once conservative treatments such as rest, eating soft foods, medications and avoiding extreme movement have been tried and failed then Fortunately, Wilshire Smile Studio is a renowned specialist affects therapies to relieve the pain and stress of TMJ disorder, as well as to help patients prevent this from recurring. Our experienced doctors can diagnose the individual issues and create a specific treatment plan to treat TMD.

An orthopedic oral appliance is one of the most common therapeutic treatments that by decompressing the joint it allows for decreasing pressure along with improve circulation and muscle relaxation.  If these approaches are not sufficient, painless oral surgery, botox injection or other avenues could be prescribed.

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