TMJ Disorder Treatment
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) occurs when there are problems with your facial muscles and jaw. Temporomandibular Disorders are problems that occur with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw joint. They affect the facial muscles that help you perform basic functions, such as chew. Essentially, the temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw bone. TMJ Dysfunction can lead to continuous pain and discomfort if left untreated. The origin of TMJ jaw pain is often hard to discover. Often, the jaw pain you experience with TMJ disorder is temporary. For that reason, Drs. Green and Gregson encourage patients to call our Metairie office to schedule an appointment.
Patients who have experienced chronic teeth clenching or grinding, or trauma to the jaw, head, or neck are at increased risk of developing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Other factors, such as ongoing stress and a disruption in the normal function of the jaw, can also increase your risk for the condition and related symptoms. Drs. Randy Green and Jeffrey Gregson offer effective TMJ disorder treatment, also known as TMD treatment, primarily using splints and oral appliances, at their dental office in Metairie, LA. These symptoms can worsen if left untreated, leading to headaches and other issues that can impact your quality of life. A variety of treatments are available, based on the specific nature of your condition, and many treatments provide immediate and dramatic relief from pain and other symptoms.
Symptoms of TMJ
Symptoms that are linked to TMJ Disorder include:
- Jaw making sounds, such as clicking, grinding or popping.
- Your jaw locks or has limited movement, making it difficult to open your mouth
- Pin in or around your ear
- Continous aching facial pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Recent or previous injury to your jaw
- Arthritis in other joints can lead to disease in the jaw joint
How TMD Develops
When the jaw has to compensate for imbalance or the effects of damage to the joint, the resulting stress can cause grinding or clenching. Eventually, patients may have trouble opening or closing their mouth completely, and their bite may feel off. Continued strain on the joint and surrounding muscles can cause ;pain that is closely associated with frequent headaches and other symptoms.