Are you experiencing jaw pain, clicking and popping of your jaw, headaches, or ear pain? If so, you could be living with a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). There are a variety of treatment options available, and in the most severe cases, we may be called in to help.
Diagnosing TMDOur dentists can diagnose TMD through a few steps. First, a physical exam will be conducted, although there is no specific test that will diagnose TMD. If you go to a dentist first, you will also discuss your medical history with them, and if necessary, your dentist might send you to an oral surgeon. In certain cases, an MRI of your jaw might be taken in order to detect cartilage damage within the joint. This will also rule out other health problems.
Home RemediesA lot of TMD symptoms can respond well to home remedies. These can include the use of cold packs or ice and over-the-counter pain medications. Eating soft foods and avoiding gum chewing can help, as can massage, stress reduction, and relaxation techniques.
Dental TreatmentIf home remedies aren't doing their job at treating your TMD symptoms, you may need medical intervention. A dental splint can be used to keep the teeth in proper alignment, and some dental offices may use Botox in order to relax the jaw muscles. Physical therapy could be recommended in order to strengthen the jaw muscles, and in the most severe cases, dental surgery on the jaw might be a necessity. Temporomandibular Joint Arthroscopy is a relatively simple procedure that can be completed on an outpatient basis and can allow you to feel better quite quickly.
If you have been suffering from TMD and painful or uncomfortable symptoms, make sure that you contact our office. We can suggest the best possible treatment method for your condition.